Fields swamped by milk in farmers' protest
Dairy farmers north of Amsterdam have dumped 100,000 litres of milk in the fields to protest against low milk prices.Monnickendam - Dairy farmers north of Amsterdam have dumped 100,000 litres of milk in the fields to protest against low milk prices.
The action in the town of Monnickendam follows a blockade outside a supermarket chain's distribution centre in the central town of Woerden on Monday.
Dairy farmers in France, Belgium and Luxembourg are also protesting against the low returns on their milk within the European Union. On Wednesday farmers in Belgium allowed 3,000,000 litres of milk to go down the drain.
Farmers say they are getting no more than 20 to 24 eurocents per litre, whereas it costs double that to produce the milk. In a recent move to simplify the EU's common agriculture policy, Brussels relaxed milk quota restrictions, and quota will be abolished completely by 2015. EU measures to support farmers are insufficient, they say.