Farmers not cashing in on higher prices

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Despite rising food prices, farmers only get 12 percent of supermarket prices.

4 April 2008

BELGIUM - The Flemish Farmers Union 'Boerenbond' has launched a campaign to make consumers aware that farmers are not cashing in on the recent increase in the price of food.

With the exception of dairy products and grain, most agricultural products have not gone up in price.

The Boerenbond's chairman Piet Vanthemsche (photo) told journalists that farmers have not been able to cash in on the rising prices in the shops.

In fact, increased production costs mean that many farmers are now worse off than ever.

The big rise in the price of fuel has served to make life difficult for many farmers.  

The aim of the campaign is to make consumers aware that only a small percentage of the price they pay for food in the shops goes to the farmer.

For example, just 12 percent of the price consumer pays for a lettuce actually reaches the farmer.

[ / VRT / Expatica]

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