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Colombia: dairy farmers under threat

Colombia has 500,000 small farmers, many of whom earn a living from milk. Now their livelihood is facing stiff competition. A free trade agreement with the EU would make it easier for European farmers to export to Colombia.

High-performance European cows produce an average of eighteen liters per day, while the animals owned by the Colombian farmers - without hormones or special feed - produce around five. If the free trade deal goes through, the EU will be able to sell more milk products in Colombia without import tariffs.