As study published earlier this month by the Agricultural Economics Research Institute in Wageningen University in the Netherlands for the period 2005 – 2009 has highlighted what farmers have been saying for years – the imbalances in the food supply chain are crippling the industry and destroying livelihoods.
Reacting to the findings Liam Aylward MEP, Member of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee stated:
“This study has found that the combined profit for retailers in the dairy, pork and fruit and vegetable sector is 22% over the 4 years. In comparison dairy farmers made a profit of only 0.3% and furthermore pork farmers and fruit and vegetable producers made no profits with figures of -2.9% and -5.5% respectively”
“The study has put shocking numbers on what farmers have being saying for the past number of years. The fact that the figures for profit margins for the producers are so low and in some sectors below 0% is shocking.”
“They are being squeezed in a supply chain that is making generating a fair livelihood impossible. Farmers need a just return for their work. The food supply chain is not working for farmers and it is not working for consumers. The figures support this. It is time to stop just talking about this and take action to address this shocking inequality before farmers are wiped out.”