Rhon dairy farmers demand fair prices

Rhon dairy farmers demand fair prices

The federal association of german dairy farmers (BDM) is sounding the alarm. On the occasion of today's milk day, numerous protest actions took place across germany on sunday, in which dairy farmers drew attention to the enormous drop in milk prices in particular. So too in the bad kissinger fubganger zone. The BDM district association held a vigil at the corner of ludwigstrasse and lower marktstrasse. "We want to inform and make people aware that a lot of things are wrong, says BDM district vice chairman alfred greubel. With a tractor, transparencies and a cow, they secured the attention of passers-by.

Less money in rural areas
The farmers complain that they have to sell their milk too cheaply on the market and they fear that the prices will rise even more further decline. "In january, we had a cost development similar to that of the terrible milk crisis of 2009", says the organic dairy farmer from elfershausen. To the 1. On april, the european union also scrapped the milk quota, which had previously regulated milk production and guaranteed stable prices for farmers.

The development also has an impact in the district. The current milk price is ten cents below the previous year's level, greubel calculates. 32 million liters are produced annually in the county. "That is 3.2 million euros that are missing in the rural area. The farmers here can't spend any more", the farmer says.
The price for a liter of conventional milk is currently 30 cents. That doesn't leave much for farmers, greubel says. Just to pay for the variable costs, such as the feed for the cows and the electricity for the barn, 26 cents per liter is necessary. "There is still no work paid", says greubel. "The dairies have already announced to go down by three to four cents." This is where things get critical for farmers.

Greubel and the BDM criticize the fact that milk production is not regulated by politics. Only as much milk could be produced as was needed, he says. Since the quota was abolished, however, the farms are allowed to throw as much milk on the market as they can and want to. According to greubel, many companies are trying to compensate for falling prices by increasing sales volumes. The milk market is additionally flooded and the prices continue to fall. Greubel: "in times of crisis, farmers need incentives to produce less." It considers, for example, the introduction of a bonus and malus system to be sensible.

 

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