Neptün Soyer, the head of İzmir Agricultural Development Cooperatives Union (KÖYKOOP), said that the producer who sells 1 kg of milk, should buy 1.3 kg of feed in return.
Soyer said, “As of November 15, 2019, the raw milk price has been determined as 2.3 TL / LT by the National Milk Council (USK). At that time feed / milk parity was 1.47 excluding subsidies.”
Soyer stated, “However, in these days, especially after the exorbitant price hikes in feed prices for the last two months, the feed / milk parity has dropped to 0.92 levels. The producers, let alone earning money, could not take care of their animals and had to send their animals of breeding value to abattoir.”
Soyer noted, “As a result, our ministry should urgently address the issue so that our country and our breeders do not fall into a more difficult situation and that we do not import animals and animal products that we experienced badly in the past.”
Pointing out that they expect the milk price to be updated in line with the 1.3 feed / milk parity that is valid in the world and to update milk prices in 3-month periods at most in the upcoming periods, Soyer added, “Besides the cost of feed, the milk producer has many costs such as fuel, electricity, water and worker’s wages. That means everything has risen but milk prices remained constant.”
“The difficult conditions brought about by the pandemic leave the producers desperate, they have to send their cows to slaughter and agriculture is weakening,” Soyer concluded…