Unprecedented action is going to have to be taken at EU level to bring the market back into balance and to give farmers viable options, according to ICMSA presiden John Comer,
He said this was needed because of financial pressures growing at farm level and with no prospects of improved milk prices in the short term.
Mr Comer said that the introduction of a Voluntary Supply Reduction Scheme in Ireland and across all EU Member States should now be implemented.
“It’s very clear at this stage that farmers have been effectively abandoned to take the hit alone from the downturn in the dairy markets. All other links in the supply chain are insulating themselves and policymakers at both national and EU level are allowing and assisting them to do so,” he said.
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