In non-EU Switzerland, hundreds of angry producers have been refusing to deliver their milk. They are determined to force what they say is fair out of the big buyers.
Here are excerpts from interviews with farmers: “With the crisis now, I try to move as much as possible myself, for as long as we’re on strike. Any consumer who’s interested can always come.” Bottled, labelled, the milk is on offer for the market price of just under two Swiss francs — about a euro and a quarter — per litre. The big dairy interests have been paying about fifty five Swiss centimes — half what it costs to produce. “It is a bit frustrating and disturbing… I don’t find we’re getting support. This is after all a profession that’s the basis of a country, which has some value, and I believe people don’t realise this, especially our young people.” “It makes me sad. I have the impression nobody cares about us, that what we produce isn’t worth anything.” Swiss quotas ended last May, unleashing more supply and demand pressure on prices.