Owners of dairy cows in Serbia who sell milk to dairies will talk tomorrow with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Branislav Nedimovic about how to raise the purchase price of that product, which, depending on the quality, is around 35 dinars, and the average production price is almost 57 dinars.
The Association of Cattle Breeders told the Beta agency today that the problem is not the milk premium that the state pays, but the abuse of the purchasers to include that amount of seven dinars, which has not been changed for several years, in the price of milk.
The premium as state aid to cattle breeders should serve to expand production, and not cover part of the production costs because dairies pay a low price of milk every year.
Dairies, as they said in the Association, know that the state will pay a premium of seven dinars per liter and calculate that it is enough and that they do not have to raise the price of milk from about 35 dinars, although due to rising feed prices the average producer is almost 57 dinars.
Processed milk is also sold in stores at a price that is three times higher than the purchase price and is constantly growing, unlike the purchase price, which, as the producers point out, is “cemented” and almost the same for years.
Milk producers are also damaged during the payment of subsidies because, as they said in the Association, if the owner of the farm wants to receive that help of 25,000 dinars per cow, he must register it in the registry, and those services set the price of 12,000 dinars for that service.
The Law on Animal Husbandry, which envisages the entry of cattle in the records, does not limit the price of that service, so the services that deal with it are determined by themselves and are almost the same for everyone.