The ministry of agriculture will direct its efforts towards supporting sheep and goat farmers, who play a fundamental role in meeting the needs of halloumi production, Minister Costas Kadis said on Tuesday.
Following a meeting with a group of around 350 sheep and goat farmers at the Alambra dairy factory in the Aradippou industrial area in Larnaca, Kadis said that “crucial issues affecting the working conditions of goat and sheep farmers were discussed.”
Through policies and funding, Kadis said that the efforts of the ministry would be directed towards the support of this category of livestock farmers, who play a “catalytic role” in meeting the needs of halloumi production through the provision of milk.
“It is well known that halloumi requires a specific percentage of sheep and goat milk content,” Kadis said, noting that the ministry’s support would be extended in view of increasing the quantity of milk production so that the local and international demand for halloumi can be met.
“We leave as wiser people,” Kadis said, since “every time we come into contact with the simple farmer, I feel like we become wiser.”