Danish farmer Kjartan Poulsen has been elected as the brand new chair of the European Milk Board (EMB) by dairy producers.

The EMB has members in 16 European international locations representing round 100,000 milk producers.

The board’s mission assertion is for “forward-looking, sustainable milk manufacturing in each area of Europe that permits farmers to earn an honest residing from their labour”.

The EMB’s newest normal meeting, noticed German BDM consultant Elmar Hannen chosen as deputy chair.

President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Affiliation (ICMSA) Pat McCormack was re-elected to the EMB board.

Boris Gondouin from France, Belgian consultant Man Francq and Italy’s Roberto Cavaliere additionally retained their seats on the board.

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Kjartan Poulsen, who’s the previous EMB deputy chair, mentioned that he’s planning to give attention to farmer participation within the design and implementation of the EU Inexperienced Deal.

“Thus far, policy-makers have been dictating what’s to be achieved, with out regard for the opinion and expertise of EU meals producers.

“This can be a large mistake coming at a excessive value for everybody. With out producers’ lively involvement, there could be no profitable local weather coverage,” he mentioned.

The EMB normal meeting additionally known as for an EU regulation to ban merchandise from being offered beneath the price of manufacturing.

Poulsen mentioned that the EMB’s Honest Milk Mission should be expanded to incorporate extra producers in different international locations.

The venture at the moment operating in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany goals to safe a good value for high-quality dairy merchandise by permitting farmers to determine a direct relationship with shoppers.

Tributes had been paid to the outgoing EMB chair, Sieta van Keimpema from the Netherlands for her “unwavering dedication to European milk producers”.

She has held quite a few roles on the EMB since its basis in 2006.

“Sieta van Keimpema is an distinctive particular person for the EMB and we owe her a debt of gratitude. We want her all the very best for her future tasks, into which she’s going to undoubtedly make investments simply as a lot power,” Poulsen mentioned.