25% of the Spanish farms of sheep of milk could close in 2018, due to the strong pressures that big dairy industries are transferring to the farmers. Both the prices that these companies are offering to the producers, and the conditions of the contracts put, as denounced by the agrarian organization UPA, in "serious risk of disappearance" to many farms.
The competition of quality that celebrates the National Fair of the Field in Manzanares (FERCAM), that with 29 editions is one of the most prestigious and valued of the sector, has awarded the eight best manchego cheeses of the year in its different categories. Thus, in the section of curados and semi-cured, respectively, cheeses "Diaz Miguel" and "Montescusa" are imposed in the industrial category, while "Marantona" and "Chisquero" do in the artisanal.
The Interprofessional Organization that encompasses the entire Spanish dairy sector, Inlac, has presented on 14th June a campaign aimed at improving the knowledge and perception of dairy products, whose consumption, despite being essential elements for a balanced diet, it does not at present reach the necessary amounts for a correct feeding. Through rigorous information, which bases its messages on the work of a Scientific Committee composed of experts of recognized prestige, this initiative seeks to promote among the Spanish population the intake of at least three dairy a day, and has the support the EU and MAPAMA.
The Health Council of the Xunta de Galicia and the Milk Interprofessional (InLac) have signed a framework agreement to promote the consumption of milk and dairy products as basic elements of healthy eating and have expressed their concern about the decrease in ingestion Of these foods among the Galician population.
InLac, an interprofessional organization that encompasses the entire dairy sector, urges to continue making progress in the Stability and Sustainability of the Value Chain in the milk sector, for which it has requested the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, to make an effort to define more clearly and concretely the concept of sustainability in the dairy sector.
The European Commission has adopted a third package of measures to support the dairy sector, worth 500 million euros, in the Council of Agriculture Ministers held on July 18th, which, as stressed the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Isabel García Tejerina, collects all the requests that Spain has been raised to Brussels in recent months, to alleviate the critical situation being experienced by farmers in dairy cattle.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) and the Interprofessional Organization Way (INLAC) have begun the second phase of the promotion campaign "Dairy here every day" to encourage consumption of milk and milk products, it will run until the end of September. The objective of this action is to introduce the variety and importance of dairy products in a balanced diet.
The dairy production sector will be strengthened its negotiating position after the accession of the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA) to the Agreement for Stability and Sustainability of the value chain in the beef sector of milk, according praised the Secretary General of Agriculture and Food, Carlos Cabanas, who presided on June 9th at the headquarters of the Ministry, the eighth monthly follow-up meeting in the dairy Agreement.
An Argentina delegation of private sector actors and the Ministry of Agro-industry of this country, through the Secretariats Dairy and Markets closed on June 6 in the city of Brasilia an agreement to extend, for the following 24 months, milk powder exports to Brazil. This agreement, of paramount importance to the dairy industry, aims to promote in the world Argentine products with added value.
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