The quebec dairy producers will have to throw to drain up to three million litres, this week, with the closure of the restaurants, and schools related to the pandemic COVID-19.
The president of the milk Producers of the Outaouais-Laurentides, Yvan Bastien, had to call the producers in the last days to proclaim that their milk would not be picked up by a tank. He made some of the insomnia.
“It’s a bit like their saying that they are working for nothing, he says. This week, it is online to throw the equivalent of three million litres of milk. “
This represents a little more than half an olympic swimming pool.
The producer milk Audrey Lemaire, Saint-Jérôme, has been advised its 11 000 litres would be thrown, or the equivalent of 69 barrels of oil.
“It’s work, but beyond the work, it is milk that are thrown down the drain “, laments it.
Hotels, restaurants and schools represent 35 % of the sales of dairy products of the milk Producers of Quebec. However, several facilities are closed because of the COVID-19.
At the same time, sales have been very strong in mid-march, as consumers who have made provisions have reduced their purchases, according to the president of the Producteurs de lait du Québec, Bruno Letendre.
The demand has risen to 16 million litres of milk per week and producers are adjusted, but it is back down to 13 million litres, just as quickly, creating a surplus.
“It is deplorable because they do not produce the milk for the throw. There is nothing more frustrating, ” said Mr. Letendre.
A donation of two million litres of milk has been done to the food Banks of Quebec last week, but there is still too much.
Producer Vanessa Mondou remember that cows do not run like machines.
“These are not taps. If they continue to produce, there was still a surplus of milk “, she explains.
The Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec ensures that there is no shortage of dairy products for in-store customers.
“We are in the process of looking at what you can do. We are going to see with them if we can’t, maybe a little, increase our applications, ” said Stephane Lacasse.