Latvian farmers upbeat about harvest prospects

After two years of poor harvests, farmers can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as not only the grain harvest is expected to be good this year, but also the fruit and berry harvest, the head of the Latvian Council for Cooperation of Agriculturalist Organizations (LOSP) Edgars Treibergs told the LETA newswire.

''After two very bad years, it looks like the harvest will be a good one this year. Farmers can breathe a sigh of relief,'' he said.

At the same time, he added that the situation can differ from region to region - one farm might have a better harvest, another a poorer harvest. ''It is very important to have at least an average harvest this year, because it would be very difficult for farmers to endure three poor harvests in a row,'' he added.

But he pointed out that the purchase price for milk in Latvia remains lower than in many other EU countries.

Commenting the discussions process on the EU's next multi-annual budget, Treibergs said that he remains optimistic.

''We are among the four countries where direct payments will not be lowered, but instead there will be an increase. Also important is funding for rural development, and it would be good if this stays at least at the current level. But we will see,'' Treibergs said.

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