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Speaking from Normandy where he was this week attending the first European Dairy Meeting organised by the French dairy farmers’ union, FNPL, IFA Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said it was important that the current severe milk price slump would encourage European farmers to press their policy makers and industry stakeholders to urgently develop instruments to help them deal with extreme volatility.

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Commenting on today’s decision by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, as conveyed to the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers, to extend the duration of both APS and intervention past 30th September, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said this was helpful, but not sufficient.

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