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Germany calls on EU to support dairy farmers

15 April 2020

Germany’s agriculture ministry has called on the European Union to take action to support dairy farmers who face a steep fall in milk sales due to the ongoing pandemic.

According to Reuters, Germany’s Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner has written to the EU Commission and asked the body to give financial support for warehousing costs to store milk powder to help dairy markets recover from depressed prices.

France made a similar request last week.

Despite a temporary upswing in milk sales in the retail sector, the coronavirus has shutdown most of the restaurant sector, gutting demand.

Germany’s exports of dairy products have also fallen, the Association of German Farmers said separately.

Kloeckner said private warehousing space to store unsold milk powder should be made available.

Lower German dairy exports, especially to Asia, mean prices could fall further, Kloeckner said in her letter.

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