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Industry organization raises milk price by 3 centimes

Updated at 01 Mar 2024 8:00 pm

The milk industry organization is increasing the target price for milk by 3 centimes per liter from July. A proposal by producers for an immediate increase of 4 centimes did not find a majority on the board, BO Milch announced on Friday.

A price increase in spring with high milk volumes would have sent the wrong market signal, BO Milch explained the decision. The Board is aware of the current very difficult market situation, it wrote in the press release.

The situation is particularly tense in the cheese sector. BO Milch is therefore calling for an increase in the cheese supplement of 3 centimes per kilogram of milk. This should "substantially" improve the strained economic situation of milk producers.

"Not completely satisfied"

The Zurich farmers were not "completely satisfied" with this announced increase. It was "a late step in the right direction", according to a statement from the Zurich Farmers' Association (ZBV). The farmers were therefore sticking to their previously announced marches on Friday evening.

Several hundred farmers gathered at three rallies in the canton of Zurich. According to the ZBV, a total of around 1000 people announced their participation in a rally in Affoltern am Albis, Bülach or Hinwil. They marched with bells ringing and torches to their respective destinations, where a bonfire was lit. According to a reporter from Keystone-SDA, the atmosphere among the estimated 200 participants in Affoltern am Albis was peaceful.

Price increase demanded for further products

Farmers are also continuing to demand price increases for other agricultural products. The price increases are intended to offset the recent sharp rise in farmers' production costs.

However, it is important to the farmers that consumers are not asked to pay for the higher prices. Instead, the price increases should be "at the expense of the record results of the major distributors".

With the demonstrations on Friday evening, the farmers' protests that began in France, Germany and other European countries have also reached Switzerland's largest canton. Similar demonstrations had already taken place in French-speaking Switzerland and other German-speaking cantons in the preceding days.


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