French dairy farmers in Brittany held a demonstration on Friday (28 March) to protest about the prices they are paid for their products.
TGV PAN: Very large group of farmers gathered at a square.
GV: Speaker's platform
GV PAN: Mass crowd with banners. (Farmers)
SV: farmers showing banner and line of milk next to him
GV: Farmers marching along road. (3 shots)
SV: Model of cow being carried and placed on top of fence
GV PAN ALONG: Farmers marching down road
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Background: French dairy farmers in Brittany held a demonstration on Friday (28 March) to protest about the prices they are paid for their products. The farmers say their production costs are not compensated by the money they receive for their goods.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of angry farmers were told by speakers that their incomes were among the lowest of agricultural workers. Brittany farmers own 13 per cent of livestock in France.
The farmers claim that the last round of price increases, agreed by the European Economic Community last July (1979) had not been sufficient to offset the rise in production costs. they want an immediate price increase of five per cent followed by an EEC rise of nearly eight per cent.
Their protest came as agricultural ministers from the nine EEC countries ended a two-day meeting in Brussels. The ministers failed for the third time to fix EEC milk and beef prices. But the French Agricultural Minister, M. Pierre Mehaignerie said a compromise settlement should be reached within the next three weeks.
The EEC Commission has proposed an average 2.4 per cent rise in guaranteed prices but Mr Mehaignrie has said they should go up by a minimum of between seven and eight per cent. The ministers has been hoping to resolve the prices issue before the next summit meeting on April 25th. France has insisted that any adjustment of Britain's contribution to the EEC must be linked to other issues, including lamp and farm prices.
France did win one victory at Brussels. The French "green" France will be devalued, which will progressively remove most of the taxes on French farm exports for the rest of 1980.