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Norway dairy farmers in decline. UPDATED: Dairy farmer numbers have declined by 12,000 over the last 12 years, with over 7,500 farmers having given up under Labour (Ap), figures show. Per Christian Rålm at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF) says Norway currently has 10,540 dairy farms. NILF data shows this is a drop of 14.2 percent (7,504 farmers) since Labour came to power in 2005, reports Aftenposten.

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Norway dairy farmers in decline

Published on Monday, 5th November, 2012 at 15:03 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

UPDATED: Dairy farmer numbers have declined by 12,000 over the last 12 years, with over 7,500 farmers having given up under Labour (Ap), figures show.

Dairy cows in a barn (illustration photo)
Dairy cows in a barn (illustration photo)
Photo: Rasmus Lang Ree, Geno


Per Christian Rålm at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF) says Norway currently has 10,540 dairy farms.

NILF data shows this is a drop of 14.2 percent (7,504 farmers) since Labour came to power in 2005, reports Aftenposten.

49-year-old dairy farmer Per Borge told the paper he believes his farm in Drammen will soon be the last.

“A decreasing number of people are interested in doing this because it’s a lot of work and quite badly paid.” Mr Borge has no plans to close his farm. 

Merete Furuberg, leader of Norway’s Farmers and Smallholders organisation, said to agriculture paper Nationen she finds the figures “alarming”.

“The numbers correspond well with the impression we get when we talk to farmers across the country”, she said. “The main reason so many stop is due to poor income and substandard welfare schemes such as holidays and leisure time.”

Farmers are self-employed, even though they get subsidies from the state.

She advocates more measures put in place, such as better prices for milk they deliver and higher subsidies, to help farmers stay in business. Dairy farms are a mainstay of Norwegian agriculture, argues Merete Furuberg.

“The toll protection measures the government is implementing will help but it must result in a better governmental framework, production price, and income package. The last one was almost too poor,” she declared.

Norwegian farmers conducted nationwide protest actions in May this year, blocking roads with tractors and staging fake kidnappings, among other measures.



Published on Monday, 5th November, 2012 at 15:03 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwaydairyfarming, dairyfarmingdeclinenorway.





  
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