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Farmers ask for a sheep farming strategy.

In the period between 2006 and 2010, the sheep farming in Macedonia dropped by 60 percent. According to data from the Macedonian Federation of Farmers, there were 1.25 million sheep in 2006 and their number totaled 778, 404 sheep in 2012. There is also a decline in meat production from 7,198 tons in 2006 to 4,786 tons in 2012. There is also a drop of milk production from 56,582 tons in 2006 to 32, 157 tons in 2010.

"The sheep farming represented one of the most developed agricultural branches in Macedonia. Almost all mountain fields were filled with sheep and nobody believed that this branch would be neglected in such a way. One of the basic reasons for this is that there is no strategy for development of the sheep farming and because fewer farmers are interested in this," says Todor Musevski, member of the Federation's management committee.

Farmers call the authorized institutions to get engaged in the preparation of a strategy and see what we are losing with the negative trend in the sheep farming and what activities we must undertake. They say that it is a great problem that there are no deadlines for the subsidies and often they do not get the funds on time when they need to invest in food or equipment.

As regards the sale of lamb during the Christmas holidays, the price this year was same as last year - 200 denars per kilogram. The markets in Greece, Italy and Croatia are still highly interested in the Macedonian lamb. Smaller quantities of lamb meat are sold in Serbia, Monte negro and Cyprus.
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Title Annotation:AGRICULTURE
Publication:Macedonian Business Monthly
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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