Ranchers, cooperatives and industries, key pieces for rural economies of the dairy sector of Spain

Published Oct 9, 2021

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The Interprofessional Lactea Organization (INLAC) is firmly committed to the dairy sector, which currently needs determined support from the Administration, points of sale and consumers to guarantee its economic and social viability. We have a large sector and the figures speak for themselves, since the production, transformation and marketing chain (beef, sheep and goats) has a turnover of 13,000 million euros per year and generates more than 60,000 direct jobs.

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And we have more than 23,000 farmers. Among the problems to be solved, the loss of value in the chain caused by the strong pressure of the distribution chains and the unstoppable increase in production costs for farmers, cooperatives and manufacturing companies, has drawn a complicated scenario that will require great efforts shared to overcome it. From INLAC we are going to continue working hard to guarantee a dignified future for the activity, not only essential as an engine for the economy and rural employment and to reverse depopulation but also to maintain landscapes and prevent forest fires. The dimensions of our sector are extraordinary. In our country, more than 8.23 million tons of milk are collected annually, mainly from cow (88.1%), sheep (6.1%) and goat (5.8%), according to MAPA data. (2019). 90.3% of cow's milk, the product with the highest figures, is produced in eight autonomous communities: Galicia (39.1%), Castilla y León (12.5%), Catalonia (10.2%), Andalusia ...
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