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Danish Minister Gjerskov Believes in the Future of Agriculture

19 January 2012

DENMARK - A new report from the Institute of Food and Resource Economics provides a comprehensive overview of how Danish farmers are doing compared to their European counterparts.

The result shows an industry under pressure mainly by debt and wages. Reforms, green transformation and sustainable production should help to get food production back on track, says the minister.

The report suggests that many farmers have high debt and labour costs, currently Danish agricultural biggest challenge when it comes to competing with neighbours. The report also shows that the industry still has some significant strengths such as research, innovation, value, and then they have solid hands on export markets, including through sustainable production and green solutions.

"Agriculture's large debt is very serious. It emphasises that agriculture struggles with some of the same challenges that the Danish economy in general. Improved competitiveness and productivity are top priorities for government." says Food Minister Mette Gjerskov.

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