Estonian dairy director: Concern is for local farmers and big Lithuanian processing plants

DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

Estonian farmers have good trading ties with Lithuanian dairies, which was a feather in the producer lobby’s cap, Kivine said, but unfortunately the raw milk that is exported to Lithuania for processing ends up in Russia.

“Good on Estonian farmers, they opened the door to Lithuania,” he told ETV. “But they left the key in the Lithuanians’ hands. Lithuania is the number-two milk exporter to Russia, number one in cheeses.”

Lithuania processes 1,500 tons of raw milk each day, 1,000 tons of which was, before Thursday’s embargo, exported to Russia.

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