Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Inger Andersen, Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank

Read more

FOCUS

Scottish referendum: Should I stay or should I go?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Paris conference: A coalition against the Islamic State group

Read more

ENCORE!

Encore's Film Show: Spies, doppelgangers and gay rights activists

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Salmond's 'emotional eve-of poll plea to Scots to seize their historic opportunity'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Nick Witney, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Valls is starting to act like Hollande'

Read more

WEB NEWS

Wikileaks releases 'weaponized malware' customer list

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Ukraine politician thrown on rubbish heap

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)