Serbia: Funding blessing for imaginary dairy cattle

Cow Milk
Innovation & Technology
Published Feb 22, 2024

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Serbia's dairy industry is in crisis due to a declining cattle population, which has fallen from 2.2 million in 1975 to 800,000, with only 150,000 dairy cows remaining. This has resulted in rising milk and butter prices and a shortage of drinking milk. Despite increased government subsidies for dairy farmers, industry representatives argue that more state aid is required. Additionally, allegations of corruption have surfaced, with claims that subsidies paid out last year exceeded the number of registered cows by over a third, suggesting fraudulent subsidy applications.
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The series of corruption uncovered by EU candidate Serbia continues unabated. In addition to the inconsistencies surrounding the parliamentary election in December, which filled newspapers around the world, Serbian agriculture, more specifically the dairy industry, is now also coming into focus. In recent years, this has increasingly become the problem child of the Western Balkan state. The Serbian cattle population has been declining since 1975, from 2.2 million it has now shrunk to just 800,000 animals. Just 150,000 of them are dairy cows. For consumers, this is reflected - recently fueled by runaway inflation - in massive increases in milk and butter prices. Even in the low-wage country of Serbia, a liter of milk cannot currently be purchased for less than the equivalent of 1.50 euros, and consumers pay at least 4 euros for a quarter of a kilogram of butter. The declining production culminated in an acute shortage of drinking milk in supermarkets in September 2022. The ...
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