Monitoring Committee Holds Third Round of Stabilisation Talks

SPAIN - The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Arias Cañete, has chaired a third meeting of the monitoring committee, a collective aiming to reach a cooperation agreement regarding the efficiency of value chains and marketing of milk and milk products.
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During his speech, Miguel Arias Cañete has expressed "concern about the situation that is facing the dairy sector" and stressed that they should look for "solutions" to avoid destroying value in the dairy chain.

As a means of addressing the current market problems the Minister announced that the Ministry is working on a proposal for a Responsible Trade Programme in the dairy sector, as part of the Monitoring Committee of the Collaboration Agreement.

The programme seeks to achieve three goals. Firstly they want to incentivise the integration of farmers into dairy cooperatives and milk producer organisations. They also wish to maintian fair prices for producers and finally cnotorl the retailers and processors so milk can not be treated as a bulk product sold at discount at low prices to entice shoppers.

Those operators benefiting from this programme will have the support and promotion of the Ministry, which will periodically advertise those who are entered in it.

At the monitoring committe Arias Cañete stated that the Ministry of Agriculture would continue to defend the dairy sector and that dairy farming was a 'key stretegic sector' for the progression of economic and environmental sustainability in the Spanish countryside with the Common Agricultural Policy reforms up ahead. Mr Cañete also urged that support is needed to allow for a 'safety net' to develop that safegurads against market volotility and disruption in the future no matter what the cause.

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