Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius says it is unrealistic to expect that European milk quota regime will be extended, but Lithuanian farmers can expect greater direct payments in the future.
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European Union Member States were subject to milk production quotas which were in effect since 1984 but are expiring on 31 March 2015. According to the prime minister, it is unlikely that exceptions will be applied to Lithuania.

"This is hardly possible and is unlikely to happen because I do not think that even Latvia or Poland would support such a position," Butkevičius told the national radio adding that, on average, Lithuania used just 85-87 percent of its quotas.

With EU milk quotas expiring, Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitienė addressed the European Commission asking for additional support to Lithuania's dairy producers. The average milk purchase price in Lithuania is EUR 0.22 per kilogramme of milk, while the EU average is around EUR 0.32 per litre of milk.

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