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Maaseudun Tulevaisuus - Finland | Friday, June 13, 2014

More money for farmers good for all Finland

Only in seven EU states does agriculture generate less income than it does in Finland, the agricultural newspaper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus writes, stressing the importance of Finnish agriculture for trade in the country: "Salaries rose at a fast pace in Finland in the first decade of this century, and buying power increased quicker than in the rest of the Eurozone. But at the same time farmers' revenues stagnated or even declined. ... Meanwhile retailers have understood how to incorporate rising costs into their prices. The food trade was a lucrative business, which was reflected in the construction of new supermarkets. If you want to keep local products in Finnish stores, producers need a better basis for negotiation in the distribution chain and a fairer share of the profits. At the end of the day, keeping Finnish agricultural production alive is to the advantage of the entire distribution chain and a basic condition for domestic trade."

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