Butter imports under dispute in Switzerland

Butter imports in Switzerland have become a matter of dispute. In order to determine the amount of the necessary butter imports, the Swiss Branch Organisation for Milk (BOM) and the branch organisation for butter (BOB) have set up a commission for butter imports, which carries out planning.

In February, this commission submitted its first application for butter imports of 1,500 tons, which was approved by the Federal Office for Agriculture. At the end of April, the commission submitted an application for a further 1,000 tons. However, the farmers’ representatives in the commission are against the latter import application.

“The quantity situation in the entire industry is decisive for the producers. For the milk producers, the current time for a further approval is therefore a bit premature, especially since a bottleneck can only be forecast in late summes,” notes the organisation for Swiss milk producers.

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