With its latest measures the EU Council mocks milk producers

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Bagnolet, (France), 15 March 2016

Faced with a crisis in the dairy sector that in the last year has eradicated thousands of dairy farmers, pushed others to the brink of bankruptcy and mobilized thousands across Europe, it was reasonable to expect solutions from EU Agriculture Ministers yesterday. However, this did not happen. The measures taken by the Council not only will not solve the problem of over-production, surplus and prices below production costs but can further aggravate the current situation.

Not limiting production in a collective and mandatory manner, on top of new aids at the national level, may further encourage overproduction and create unfair competition between countries. This decision does not take into account the highly diverse and mismatched reality of the EU, where some industries and food distributors are determining where and who produces. Voluntary regulation entrusted on producer and Interbranch organisations do not address a situation that was provoked by the EU’s erratic policies of eliminating market regulating instruments, such as milk quotas, and intervention prices in line with production costs.

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Micro-Dairy conference shows good incomes possible from small herds and direct sales

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-02-29-Milk_Pic.jpg(Bridport, UK, February 28, 2016) This week Monkton Wyld Court, home to one of the oldest continually operating micro-dairies in the country, hosted a packed ‘micro dairying’ conference. Over 2 days, 50 dairy farmers from around the country gathered to discuss ways in which farmers can survive in the current dairy crisis.

Discussions focused around presentations by farmers who have successfully built dairy businesses based on herds of 10 – 40 cows. In each case, success depended on reclaiming the margin from middle men by finding ways to sell high quality milk directly to customers. As well as increasing sales prices, these micro-dairies have managed to cut production costs by making better use of pasture, managing breeds for resilience over yield, and often added value by processing.

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Dairy Crisis: Enough evaluations, it’s high time for the Commission to act

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Brussels, 2 February 2016

At the height of a crisis that has ruined thousands of dairy producers across Europe, the European Commission has once again chose to delay action, and opted for its usual practice of consultations, evaluations and studies.

Claiming it is part of a larger effort to improve existing legislation, the EC has recently sent out a questionnaire to producer and agricultural organisations, alleging that by inquiring on the benefits and difficulties of the “Milk Package”, the survey will improve its implementation in the field.

ECVC believes that the current crisis of the milk sector and the desperate situation of milk producers demands measures that are well beyond the European Commission’s conventional procedures of postponing decisions due to further studies, evaluations and the convening of experts to analyse what is clear to everyone: the complete failure of the measures contained in the “Milk Package”.

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UAWC Participates in 15th Annual Olive Festival

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-12-07-UAWC.jpg(Ramallah, December 2015), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees participated in the 15th annual olive festival in cooperation with Directorate of Agriculture in the Governorate of Bethlehem.

The UAWC's participation comes in the light of its objectives "improving the lives of small farmers and strengthening their steadfastness on their land"; through improving a sustainable lives for 35 women's cooperative working on Food processing, livestock, handwork, within " Transitioning from Relief to Sustainable Livelihoods (R2S): Strengthening Food Security in West Bank and Gaza", project which is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency in partnership with CARE International Foundation activities.

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