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Jarlsberg possible export subsidy withdrawal leaves bad taste. Those opposed to the move include famers’ dairy cooperative TINE and politicians. Norway’s Rightist government revealed the proposal to gradually withdraw all export subsidies for agricultural products by the end of 2019, Friday. In a statement the same day, TINE said that they “wish to make it clear that this could have consequences for [both] Jarlsberg and 750 Norwegian dairy farms if this becomes a reality.”

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Jarlsberg possible export subsidy withdrawal leaves bad taste

Published on Monday, 1st June, 2015 at 13:36 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st June 2015 at 14:20.

Those opposed to the move include famers’ dairy cooperative TINE and politicians.

Jarlsberg cheese
Jarlsberg cheese
Photo: TINE Mediebank


Norway’s Rightist government revealed the proposal to gradually withdraw all export subsidies for agricultural products by the end of 2019, Friday.

In a statement the same day, TINE said that they “wish to make it clear that this could have consequences for [both] Jarlsberg and 750 Norwegian dairy farms if this becomes a reality.”

Jarlsberg remains a popular food brand in countries such as the US, Australia, and other parts of Europe, according to them.

TINE fears that exports of the cheese could become unprofitable, with 25 per cent of sales to foreign countries originating from the Scandinavian country.

TINE’s facilities in the western Norway districts of Jæren, Rogaland County, and Elnesvågen in Møre og Romsdal County are those which currently produce the cheese for export.

Government partners the Liberal (V) and Christian Democratic (KrF) Parties, could put a stopper to the proposal in parliament, however.

Pål Farstad, business policy spokesperson for the Liberals (V), rejects it regarding the timeframe the government has set, despite his Party being against export subsidies.

 “Four years is far too short a time for the industry to adapt. The principle is one thing, but one should have long-term conditions and the possibility to adapt,” he told agricultural publication Nationen.

"The government has once again given away an important bargaining chip regarding agricultural policy without getting something in return. I wouldn’t call this good political craftsmanship,” KrF business policy spokesperson Line Henriette Hjemdal wrote in a text message to the publication.

Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, leader of increased cheese and meat import duties-implementer the Centre Party (Sp), was also critical to the government’s proposition.

He called the Rightists announcing what he views as such a dramatic change overnight as being “completely incomprehensible”.

“We're talking about close to ten percent of milk production and several thousand jobs. It’s not possible to conduct politics in that way. Giving away this type of bargaining chip without being engaged in international negotiations is very irresponsible,” said Mr Vedum.

The UN’s FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) Corporate Document repository on Multilateral Trade Negotiations on Agriculture lists their findings on export subsidies.

They condemn these due to their high costs to both consumers and taxpayers in the subsidising country.

“In general, export subsidies increase the share of the exporter in the world market at the cost of others, tend to depress world market prices and may make them more unstable because decisions on export subsidy levels can be changed unpredictably,” it is stated.

The Progress Party’s (FrP) Minister for Agriculture and Food, Sylvi Listhaug,” commented in statement that “Norwegian consumers currently subsidise Jarlsberg that is sold abroad for [the sum of] over 130 million kroner a year.”

“It’s unreasonable that Norwegian consumers should pay for consumers in other countries being able to buy this cheese at a lower price.”




Published on Monday, 1st June, 2015 at 13:36 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st June 2015 at 14:20.

This post has the following tags: jarlsberg, cheese, farming, norway.





  
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