Around a hundred dairy farmers demonstrated on Tuesday from 10 a.m. in the capital to demand better pay.
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A demonstration by milk producers is planned for Tuesday, February 13, in the morning, between the National Assembly and the Eiffel Tower, learned France Bleu Paris. Around a hundred milk producers will meet at 10 a.m. in front of the National Assembly to raise awareness about their working conditions and their remuneration. They will then distribute free milk under the Eiffel Tower.
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The APLI (association of independent milk producers) is at the origin of the movement. “Today they [le gouvernement] are in the process of settling small measures to try to please farmers, but the problem is much more serious, it is structural, and it is a price problem”explains Adrien Lefèvre, spokesperson for the association on France Bleu Paris.
For better remuneration
The dairy farmer concedes that faced with the anger of farmers, “we listened to the majority union, that’s good, it only came out with measures on the constraints, but behind that nothing came out on the price”. According to him, “today, Egalim [la loi censée mieux rémunérer les agriculteurs] in the case of dairy production only covers 50% of production, because everything that is in catering and everything that is exported is not concerned by Egalim”.
Adrien Lefèvre also mentions unfair competition from neighboring countries: “The problem with Egalim is that it is Franco-French, we need a European Egalim. If we do not have this kind of measures at least at the European level, we have cheaper milk in Germany which returns to France. So what we will gain extra on each liter of milk, on the other hand we will lose it in volume because there is competition from neighboring countries.”