Nüssel: Good prospects for the dairy market

12 February 2009


At the first annual conference for the dairy sector in Germany, Manfred Nüssel, Chairman of the German co-operatives association Raiffeisenverband (DRV), spoke in favour of the developments he believed were needed for the creation of a free market. In the light of changes on the dairy market and in the dairy industry, he argued that all market players should be governed by the same conditions.

Nüssel: Good prospects for the dairy market

At the first annual conference for the dairy sector in Germany, Manfred Nüssel, Chairman of the German co-operatives association Raiffeisenverband (DRV), spoke in favour of the developments he believed were needed for the creation of a free market. In the light of changes on the dairy market and in the dairy industry, he argued that all market players should be governed by the same conditions.

The conference was attended by many experts and representatives from the German and international dairy sectors, trade, politics and the trade unions.

“The dairy sector has good longer term prospects. Global demand for dairy and dairy products is outpacing supply. On the other hand, this positive outlook is accompanied by sharply fluctuating prices on an unregulated world market. In order to continue to get a good milk price for our members in the longer term, we must ensure that our products link up with this international growth. We also need professional support for our exports so our companies can secure a place on these growth markets,” the DRV chairman told delegates in Wiesbaden.

He added that governments should create appropriate – and if necessary cross-border – conditions to facilitate market developments. The EU and the WTO should be governed by the same competitive criteria. Governments should moreover dismantle their anti-competitive barriers while at the same time retaining the safety net of existing market regulation.

According to Nüssel, dairy co-operatives were especially well prepared for these growing challenges. The DRV chairman was confident that as a result, they could continue to satisfy any future market requirements. ‘They will both exploit opportunities and fulfil their statutory obligations – namely, to support their members – as effectively as possible,’ he said. However, it was only in partnership with producers that the dairy co-operatives would be able to successfully meet their growing market responsibilities, he argued.