Maghreb Arab Press

Milk Boycott: Government Urges Citizens to Avoid Further Damage for Farmers, Agricultural Sector and National Investment

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The government called on citizens to avoid further damage for farmers, the agricultural sector and national investment in general, with regard to the evolution of the milk boycott.
Milk Boycott: Government Urges Citizens to Avoid Further Damage for Farmers, Agricultural Sector and National Investment
01 June 2018

In a statement released on Thursday, the government said that it "follows with great interest the evolution of the milk boycott that is marked mainly by the decision of the concerned company to reduce by 30 pc milk purchases from cooperatives, which will have an impact on farmers and the agricultural sector".

This led several dairy and professional cooperatives to call for correcting the situation, said the statement, while highlighting the "negative" effects of the boycott on jobs at the concerned company and on the related dairy cooperatives.

The Government underlines that the dairy sector is of great importance to the social and economic system of our country, as it involves a network of operators who deal with the company concerned, i.e. 120,000 farmers and 600,000 members of their families.

The continuation of the boycott is likely to cause great damage to the dairy cooperatives and the producers who deal with them, most of whom are small farmers, as well as to the national economic fabric in this sector and the related sectors, the source said, adding that this boycott "could also have a negative impact on domestic and foreign investment and, consequently, on the national economy".

The Government is determined to undertake initiatives to improve the purchasing power of the citizens and to act firmly in terms of control of the market, the quality of products and the fight against speculation and monopoly, the statement said.

Last modified : 01 June 2018

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