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Milk crash requires action

23 October 2008

Jim Allister MEP has expressed deep disappointment at the crash in auction prices reflected in the October auction averaging 18 pence a litre.

The MEP said,
“Last week, I met with representatives of the Northern Ireland dairy industry, who shared with me their concerns for the short to medium term, if the dire World market situation for milk and milk products fails to improve. Today’s auction represents something of a confirmation of the industry’s fears, while clearly, milk production is not sustainable at these levels.”

“The current crisis in the sector makes the re-introduction of export refunds all the more urgent in the short term. I have alerted Commissioner Fischer-Boel’s office to today’s auction results, and the impact this will have on the industry in Northern Ireland. I hope to be in a position to meet with the Commissioner on this issue in the coming days.”


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