German Farmers Say No To Market Intervention04 June 2013
GERMANY – After returning from milk talks and dialogues around the EU agricultural policy, German Farmers Association (DBV) President, Joachim Rukwied restated his opposition to milk market controls.
He said German farmers are taking advantage of market openings and the decoupling of direct payments to invest and set up competitive businesses.
His announcement was in agreement with the wishes of EU Agriculture Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos. Mr Ciolos spoke out in Dublin against a continued state control of the milk market arguing that the costs of implementation are too high when compared to the limited efficiency and benefits.
At the European Parliament meeting, held last week, Mr Rukweid submitted a resolution stating the commitment of the DBV to strengthen the dairy sector with a view to control the markets in emergency situations.
However, concrete crisis-proof measures must be in place to save the sector in times of volatility, Heinz Korte, Vice President for Lower Saxony DBV announced recently. He stated that an open market must be met with a reliable and functioning safety net consisting of crisis intervention measures, private storage, and operational risk provisions.
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