Protesting Farmers Occupy Dublin EC Office

Dairy farmers have occupied the European Commission offices in Dublin today as part of a protest over falling milk prices.

Things turned sour after the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association revealed that the price farmers receive for milk has fallen almost 50% since 2007 and is not even covering the cost of production.

The President of the association Jackie Cahill said: "The EU has so comprehensively mismanaged the Union's dairy market that virtually all EU farmers are now producing milk at below-cost production.

"In Ireland, as prices slip back to 23 cents per litre, we now have a situation where the costs of production are three cents higher than the price farmers receive."

Mr Cahill said that the EU dairy policy was now inflicting long term, structural damage on Ireland's dairy industry

The association is calling for a review of prices next year to be brought forward.

Today's protest comes ahead of a meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers in Brussels next week.

The ICMSA President added that immediate action is required on the operation of the EU intervention system.

He said that export refunds and other measures could provide a solid floor for milk prices so that normal market prices can be restored as soon as possible.


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