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Germany: Farmers rally outside Berlin's Agriculture Ministry in price protest

Germany, Berlin
August 31, 2015 at 05:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of farmers gathered outside the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Berlin, Monday, to protest against falling prices for agricultural products and the European Union's response to the crisis.

The protesting farmers held placards condemning EU policy and fally prices and a tractor towed a large sign with the message: "Wrong agriculture politics destroy milk farmers. 6 years - 3 crises - 0 solutions. Schmidt and Merkel have to act immediately. At least 45 cent per litre of milk."

The protest took place as German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt held a joint press conference inside the building with his French counterpart Stephane Le Foll and Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki. The press conference was held exactly one week before EU agriculture ministers are set to gather in Brussels for an extraordinary meeting of the EU Agriculture Council to discuss the growing concerns over the economic situation in the diary and livestock sectors.

Monday's protest follows a trend of action by farmers across Europe, with similar protests held in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and Spain. Falling prices for agricultural produce have been partially attributed to recent changes in the market caused by EU sanctions placed on Russia, to which in turn Russia banned EU imports. In 2013, Russia imported €6.1 billion ($6.7 billion) of meat and meat products in total. The largest suppliers came from now-banned countries like Denmark (6.6% of total Russian meat products) and Germany (6.4%).

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Dozens of farmers gathered outside the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Berlin, Monday, to protest against falling prices for agricultural products and the European Union's response to the crisis.

The protesting farmers held placards condemning EU policy and fally prices and a tractor towed a large sign with the message: "Wrong agriculture politics destroy milk farmers. 6 years - 3 crises - 0 solutions. Schmidt and Merkel have to act immediately. At least 45 cent per litre of milk."

The protest took place as German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt held a joint press conference inside the building with his French counterpart Stephane Le Foll and Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki. The press conference was held exactly one week before EU agriculture ministers are set to gather in Brussels for an extraordinary meeting of the EU Agriculture Council to discuss the growing concerns over the economic situation in the diary and livestock sectors.

Monday's protest follows a trend of action by farmers across Europe, with similar protests held in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and Spain. Falling prices for agricultural produce have been partially attributed to recent changes in the market caused by EU sanctions placed on Russia, to which in turn Russia banned EU imports. In 2013, Russia imported €6.1 billion ($6.7 billion) of meat and meat products in total. The largest suppliers came from now-banned countries like Denmark (6.6% of total Russian meat products) and Germany (6.4%).

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