The President of the National Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, Mr. Pavlos Satolias, spoke on Tuesday morning (7/11) to ERT and the show “Syndeses” about the price of feta, but also about the need to support livestock farmers, so that they do not give up their profession and consequently the rural areas.
Due to the energy crisis, although the price of feta increased last year, the President of ETH.E.A.S. assures that this year it will remain at the same levels. According to the ERT report, if someone buys feta cheese from the Kalavryta Agricultural Dairy Cooperative gas station, the price per kilogram is 10.5 euros, while in supermarkets it reaches 13 euros.
In his introductory statement, Mr. Satolias stated that there was an increase in prices in cheese factories due to the increase in production costs, the energy crisis and the rise in the price of milk. However, as he noted now, no increase in the price of the products is justified, at the moment when there is no upward change in production costs. Asked about the cases of feta fraud, Mr. Satolias, characterizing it as a “permanent problem”, once again drew the attention of the State for further controls and the imposition of stricter fines on offenders. In addition, the President of ETH.E.A.S. wanting to reassure consumers following the disasters that hit our country due to adverse weather conditions, he emphasized that “we have no problem with supplying the chain with dairy and cheese products and especially feta”.
In closing, the President of ETH.E.A.S. he emphasized that behind the production of feta cheese and milk are the farmers who toil every day. Farming costs remain high and unless there is profitability and a sustainable livestock operation, farms will be abandoned, underscoring the need to support livestock farmers.