German farmers threaten new milk strike

12th May 2009, Comments 1 comment

The threat comes after several suppliers, including the no-frills German supermarket Aldi, last week lowered the price of milk from 55 to 48 cents per litre.

Berlin -- German dairy farmers are threatening to mount another strike over falling milk prices, the Federation of German Dairy Farmers (BDM) said in an interview published Monday.

"We will fight. Stopping (milk) deliveries is an option for us," said Romuald Schaber, who is also president of the European Milk Board, in Germany's Die Welt newspaper.

His comments come after several suppliers, including the no-frills German supermarket Aldi, last week lowered the price of milk from 55 to 48 cents per litre.

Schaber added that with operating costs rising, the fall in prices will mean up to 30 percent of farmers will be forced out of business.

Last year, some of Germany's 100,000 farmers staged strikes to protest milk prices they said were too low to support a living.

AFP/Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • FK posted:

    on 12th May 2009, 22:03:38 - Reply

    Mr. Schaber behaves like a "Fuhrer" without a "Volk"!
    His call for a milk strike last year followed some farmers in germany wiht later regrets, becausethey did not lose a lot of money, they forced also the supermarkets to look for alternative milk deliveries in Eastern Europe, and in the end made competition even harder for the dairy farmers and the milk processing plants.
    Nobody know what his intentions really are, but they are for sure not helping the dairy farmers at all.
    He is claiming a free market but means socialismn.