France cautions milk scarcity alert

(MENAFN) The drought-caused scarcity of fodder may result in a shortage of milk and dairy products for French customers this autumn and winter, the country's agricultural producers' organization (FNSEA) stated on Saturday.

Le Figaro was informed by Yannick Fialip, leader of the FNSEA's economic commission, “to produce milk, you need fodder, mainly alfalfa and corn, which this year was almost non-existent. So we risk running out of milk this fall and winter.”

The animals " that are usually in the meadows during this period have nothing to eat," he claimed, because of the drought that has gripped the nation the current year.

According to Fialip, milk has historically cost 20 percent less in France than it does in many other European nations, such as Germany and the Netherlands, and French farmers are increasingly calling for "price revisions " to " ensure the sustainability of production."

The official proposed creating a "disaster fund" that would enable farmers to purchase government-subsidized feed at a 50 percent discount.


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