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Italy: Farmers mark 20th anniversary of EU milk quota protests in Milan01:24

Italy: Farmers mark 20th anniversary of EU milk quota protests in Milan

Italy, Milan
January 31, 2017 at 13:11 GMT -00:00 · Published

Dozens of farmers took to the streets of Milan, on foot and in tractors, Tuesday, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the first protests against the low price of milk purchased from farmers by retailers.

On January 31, 1997, farmers blocked Milan Airport for several days to express opposition to sanctions set by the European Union (EU) for exceeding milk quotas; two decades later their situation has not changed.

According to the protesters, the price at which milk is purchased from farmers is too low for them to generate sufficient revenue to keep their farms afloat and unfairly favours larger businesses, including multinationals. In the last ten years, over 25,000 Italian dairy farms have closed their doors.

Italy: Farmers mark 20th anniversary of EU milk quota protests in Milan01:24
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Dozens of farmers took to the streets of Milan, on foot and in tractors, Tuesday, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the first protests against the low price of milk purchased from farmers by retailers.

On January 31, 1997, farmers blocked Milan Airport for several days to express opposition to sanctions set by the European Union (EU) for exceeding milk quotas; two decades later their situation has not changed.

According to the protesters, the price at which milk is purchased from farmers is too low for them to generate sufficient revenue to keep their farms afloat and unfairly favours larger businesses, including multinationals. In the last ten years, over 25,000 Italian dairy farms have closed their doors.

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