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“EXPORT BAN OF MILK POWDER WILL AFFECT THE SECTOR NEGATIVELY”

Ali Eroğlu, Chairman of the Central Council of the Turkish Veterinary Medical Association (TVHB), stated that the decision to ban the export of milk powder until the end of 2022 could adversely affect the livestock sector and asked for the ban to be lifted.

Eroğlu, in his statement, underlined that Türkiye exported 40.6 thousand tonnes of milk powder in 2019, 17.7 thousand tonnes in 2020, 62.1 thousand tonnes in 2021 and 39.7 thousand tonnes in the first 7 months of 2022.

Pointing out that the export ban will cause foreign market losses for exporters, Eroğlu said, “The exporter will sell its product in the domestic market. However, the amount and value of milk purchased from the producer will decrease and even the reference price, which is still cheap in our opinion, will not be able to be formed in the market.”

“Sustainability also means controlling input prices, giving importance to feed raw material production, removing feed from foreign currency dependency and providing milk feed parity where 1 kilogram of milk and 1.5 kilograms of feed can be taken. Otherwise, milk production, which is already on a downward trend, will decrease even more,” he added.

Eroğlu also warned that the export ban would cause the producer to withdraw from production and demanded that the ban decision be revisited and lifted…

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