Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

France defends deficit reduction delay in 2015 budget

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'France is sinking!'

Read more

WEB NEWS

Global support pours in for Hong Kong protesters

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: UN sets target of 60 days to turn things around

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

On the frontline of horror: Editing images from war zones

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's desperate seas: Migrant deaths crossing Mediterranean top 3,000 in 2014 (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's desperate seas: Migrant deaths crossing Mediterranean top 3,000 in 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

'All is Well' for Lisa Simone

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

EU questions Apple's tax deals in Ireland

Read more

Europe

Swiss farmers protest falling milk prices

Video by Rebecca BOWRING

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-09-20

Following high octane demonstrations in France, Germany and other western European countries, Swiss farmers in Lausanne took to the streets Sunday to protest falling milk prices.

Europe's milk production protests spread to Switzerland Sunday when Swiss farmers took to the streets protesting falling milk prices.


In the picturesque Swiss town of Lausanne, about 200 demonstrating farmers called for a fair price for their milk. The current rate of one Swiss franc per litre, they say, is too low to make ends meet and threatens to put them out of business.


The protests followed angry demonstration in France, Belgium and Germany, which saw farmers dump massive quantities of milk into the Rhine River or spray milk on fields.


The action comes after European Union farm ministers could not agree to an aid package for the sector during a Brussels meeting on Sept. 7.


Dairy product prices have collapsed due to low demand caused by the financial and economic crisis.


In November, EU agriculture ministers agreed to lift milk production quotas by one percent per year before scrapping them for 2014-2015.


The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, has agreed to introduce limited aid but has refused to go back on its decision to scrap the quota system.


 

Date created : 2009-09-20

COMMENT(S)