Swiss farmers protest low milk prices

22nd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Hundreds of dairy farmers blocked the Migros factory in Fribourg Monday to protest falling milk prices.

Geneva -- Hundreds of Swiss dairy farmers used their tractors to block the doors of a major supermarket supplier on Monday to protest the falling price of milk, a union spokeswoman said.

Up to 300 people parked about 100 tractors in front of a factory in the western canton of Fribourg which supplies dairy products for Switzerland's leading supermarket chain Migros.

"At the moment the doors (of the factory) are blocked," said Valentina Hummeler of the farmers’ union Uniterre.

"But we do not intend to force our way in."

It was the second milk price protest in Switzerland in two days and the latest in a wave of such demonstrations across Europe.

Swiss farmers say they are fighting for survival with a litre of milk selling for only around half the price it costs to produce.

Farmers have also staged protests in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain.

AFP / Expatica

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