Question to parliament for unsold lambs and goats in Western Thrace

Greece
Thu, 12 May 2022 9:37 GMT
  PASOK – KINAL deputies brought the problems related to the unsold kid and lamb in East Macedonia - Thrace province to the parliamentary agenda.A parliamentary question signed by East Macedonian Thrace KINAL Deputies Burhan Baran, İlhan Ahmet, Hara Kefal...
Question to parliament for unsold lambs and goats in Western Thrace

 

PASOKKINAL deputies brought the problems related to the unsold kid and lamb in East Macedonia - Thrace province to the parliamentary agenda.

A parliamentary
question signed by East Macedonian Thrace KINAL Deputies Burhan Baran, İlhan Ahmet, Hara Kefalidu, Yorgos Fragidis and Andreas Pulas was presented to Agriculture Minister Yorgos Georgandas and Development Minister Adonis Geordiadis. In the parliamentary question, it was stated that the animal breeders in the region could not sell their animals, and the government's support was requested.

The following statements were included in the question asked with the signatures of five deputies:

“While the recent increase in energy prices has caused the prices of animal feed to increase, as a result of insufficient government inspections, animal breeders in East Macedonia and Thrace region have suffered huge financial losses during the Easter period when they can get their money's worth.

Although local animal husbandry largely covers the country's nutritional adequacy, shortly before Easter Week, agreements with traders were broken and many animals could not be sold, according to complaints from the Livestock Associations of the State of East Macedonia and Thrace.

Breeders complain that controls are not followed when importing thousands of live small cattle from Romania, most of which are slaughtered in Greek abattoirs and offered to consumers without revealing their origin. Hundreds of local cattle could not be sold, as 'unidentified' animals were imported and sold at low prices.

In addition, since imported animals are sold at the same prices as domestic animals, they did not benefit the consumers financially. Unfortunately, all this is due to inadequate controls in the animal trade.

As a result of the above-mentioned situation, the animal breeders in Xanthi, Drama, Rhodope and Thassos are trying to understand what is going on, on the other hand, they are expressing the problems mainly arising from the lack of control on the 'Greekization' of the animals imported from Romania.

At the same time, local breeders are trying to find solutions, such as buying their unsold animals by the military or government agencies.

After all, we are talking about a large number of unsold animals throughout Greece (over 5,000 in the Kilkis region alone).

As the Movement for Change party, we have already expressed our concerns that the decrease in the purchasing power of the consumer due to the rapid increase in energy - fuel prices will reflect negatively on the market.

Due to these special conditions, the only remedy was to apply the upper sales base price, but unfortunately the government once again kept its silence.

Thus, it caused a significant decrease in sales, respectively, a decrease in orders placed with traders, and ultimately the deterioration of traders' agreements with animal breeders.


Currently, not slaughtering thousands of small cattle causes incalculable financial losses to breeders and butchers.  While Greek farmers are facing massive increases in energy, oil and animal feed, while the effects of the endless economic crisis, the effects of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine are not yet gone.”

The deputies posed the following questions to the ministers:

  1. Are there any plans for consuming animals with fair prices for small cattle breeders who cannot be sold? At the same time, do you plan to give financial support to the breeders who sell their animals below the cost between April 15 - May 15, 2022?
  2. Do you think about listening to the problems faced by animal breeders in general and considering the development proposals of livestock associations?
  3. Have the necessary controls been made during the importation of the small cattle trade, as well as the state inspections of the small cattle products in the butchers across the country?

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