Friday, 15 May 2020 10:38

Spraying powder in fields

Written by  Milking It

Farmers in eight EU countries sprayed milk powder in fields to protest against the European Commission’s “misguided” way of mitigating the milk crisis.

Instead of coordinated production cuts at EU level to rebalance oversupply in the market and mitigate coronavirus-related market volatility, the EC is offering private storage subsidies to producers to alleviate price pressures on producers who could then save quantities of milk powder, butter and cheese. 

This has angered farmers in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Most farmers used machinery to spray the milk powder onto fields.

Not everyone approves of the action. The European Dairying Association says spraying milk on fields and hence wasting milk is more than a waste of hard work and precious resources, it is an irresponsible way to catch attention.


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