Agriculture minister: No more EC support for dairy sector

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There are no further plans to support the dairy sector against the effects of Russia’s embargo on imports of EU food products, because there are differing opinions as to what actually constitutes a crisis in the sector, Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs told the Cooperation Council of Agricultural Organizations Friday.

“I spoke with Commissar Phil Hogan, who said there are different views in different states as to what a crisis is. Most countries believe we are seeing market fluctuations, not a crisis. When there’s actually a crisis, we’ll come back to the support issue, but for now – no,” said Dūklavs.

However he said he may reserve the prerogative to bring the matter of additional support to dairy farmers up again as a representative of the presiding state of the Council of the EU.

In December Baltic dairy farmers held a demonstration in Brussels under the slogan "Solidarity Milk" to appeal for help for Finnish and Baltic farmers suffering from the market glut caused by Russia's embargo.

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