The president of the Association of Cattle Breeders in Serbia, Sanja Bugarski, said today that milk producers have failed financially because purchasers have been paying the same purchase price for milk for six years.
She told Beta that the average production price of a liter of milk is 56.60 dinars, and that the average purchase price is around 30 dinars.
“We borrowed loans in the hope that we would reach an agreement with the purchasers on increasing the purchase price of milk, but we did not find understanding,” said Bugarski.
She added that an additional blow to milk producers is the increase in the price of cereals and oilseeds by 50 to 80 percent.
She said that producers have been receiving a premium of seven dinars per liter from the state for ten years, and that the money should be used for the renewal of depreciable equipment.
“We have exhausted all stocks in order to save production, and now it remains the only possibility for the state to prescribe a minimum price for buyers or to wait for bailiffs,” said Bugarski.
She pointed out that “huge imports of dairy products whose quality needs to be examined” also put producers in a difficult position.