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Halloumi exports drop by 10% amid ongoing dairy industry crisis

Cheesemakers threaten to close dairies over goat-sheep milk quota dispute

Maria Eracleous

Maria Eracleous

With a request to lift the decree 332/2023 of October 20th, for an increase in the percentage of goat-sheep milk to 19%, the cheesemakers are going to the Presidential Palace on Thursday (04/01), to sit down for a meeting with the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, and the Ministries of Agriculture and Energy.

On the subject, the executive secretary of the Cheesemakers Association, Michalis Koulouros, spoke in the insert "Doing Business" of "SPOR FM 95.0", noting that from the first of January, the members of the Association stopped adhering to the agreement for the production of halloumi with a quota of goat-sheep milk 19% and that from January 10 they will close their dairies, if there is no resolution of the issue.

According to Mr. Koulouros, there are not the necessary quantities of goat-sheep milk in order to continue the production of halloumi, arguing that the problem arose from the wrong calculation of the Ministry of Agriculture. In fact, he added that over the past year, with the halloumi file, the volume of exports has decreased by about 9-10%.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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