Dairy Farmers to Protest with Cattle on Zagreb Streets?

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It seems that taxi drivers will not be the only ones who block traffic in the city.

The “Milky Way of Croatia” producer’s association has demanded an urgent meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković to warn him about the unsustainable situation in the Croatia’s milk production sector. They want the meeting to help them in finding a solution for their problems. They add that, if the meeting does not take place in the next few days, they will be forced to organise a protest and bring their cows to the streets of Zagreb, as well as to retail chain outlets and dairy plants, reports N1 on August 20, 2017.

“The situation in the milk production sector is intolerable. For an extended period of time, dairy producers have been facing the problem of extremely low purchase prices which are considerably lower than the cost of actually producing milk”, claims the letter in which the leadership of the Milky Way of Croatia demands a meeting with the Prime Minister.

At the meeting, they want to explain the problems facing the milk producers in order to try to solve them together.

As an additional argument, they cite data which confirms that, in 2005, 65,000 family farms (OPGs) in Croatia were involved in the production of milk. This year, the number has fallen to only 6,000 producers.

“We believe that this figure is alarming and that in the near future there will be a complete cessation of the production of milk in the Republic of Croatia. Therefore, we ask you once again to accept a meeting with us by 23 August 2017 at the latest, so that we could try to jointly solve this problem and protect the production of milk in the Republic of Croatia. Otherwise, we will be forced to organise protests and to take our cattle to the streets of Zagreb, as well as to retail chain outlets and dairy plants,” says the letter sent to Plenković by Mario Rengel, the president of the Milky Way of Croatia, and association’s vice presidents Mladen Šolčić and Branko Karamarković.

Translated from N1.


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