Georgian milk producers against government subsidies on milk powder

Georgian milk producers against government subsidies on milk powder

access_time2020-04-01 15:12:00

Milk powder is included in the list of 9 products to be subsidized by the state that caused a protest from the natural milk producers.

According to the head of the Caesar dairy company Caesar Kakhadze, milk powder is 100% imported that means that the Georgian government helps foreign producers survive while local producers of natural milk cannot sell their product.

“The government can support local farmers that can boost  both the growth of local production and the quality of dairy products. Subsidizing  milk powder is government money thrown into the air, ” he says.

The Georgian Cheese Association also opposes the government’s initiative. According to its founder Anna Mikadze-Chikvaidze, products made from dried milk significantly exceed the amount of dairy products made from natural milk.

“It is not clear why milk powder was included in the list of 9 subsidized products, especially when  Georgian farmers are forced to stop producing natural milk as they cannot sell it. At the moment local producers need support as consumers   prefer to buy products from natural milk, but not powdered which are more expensive , ”- say at the Association.



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