Spanish producers outraged at “cut price” milk exports from Portugal at a time when their own production is restricted due to COVID19

The Spanish Union of Small Farmers and Producers (UPA) has accused Portugal, along with France and Germany, of exporting cut price milk to clear their surplus supplies.

AUPA claims milk and dairy products are entering Spain from these countries at below production costs.

In a statement, the association said up to “30 tanker lorries per day, or around one million litres” is being brought into Spain, at a time when Spanish producers are being restricted in terms of production.

AUPA claims this imported milk “would be being used to supply increased demand in commercial outlets, due to changes in consumers’ purchasing habits with the crisis created by the covid-19 pandemic”.

This situation is considered ‘inexplicable’ by AUPA, at a time when other farmers in Spain are being informed that “their industries are restricting their production”.

The association also fails to understand the ‘very important’ import of cheese from the Netherlands and Germany, while sales of Spanish cheese, in particular sheep and goat cheese, are falling.

The UPA has asked the Ministries of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and the Autonomous Communities, to be “vigilant” about this situation and has asked for information on the entry of milk into Spain to be made public.

 

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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