Milk purchases for February 2016 was 0,38% lower than the amount bought in February 2015. An amount of 237 449 tonnes is the preliminary milk purchase figure for February 2016.
The total milk purchases reported for 2015 is 3,173 million tonnes (3,173 billion kilogrammes), versus 2,983 million tonnes (2,983 billion kilogrammes) in 2014, which is an increase of 6,37% for 2015.
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Milk purchases for December 2015 was 3,47% lower than the amount bought in December 2014.
The total milk purchases reported for 2015 (up until December) is 3,146 million tonnes, versus 2,983 million tonnes in 2014 (for the same period), which is an increase of 5,48% for the year-to-date.
The last time when we saw a negative purchase figure (compared to the same month in the previous year) was in April 2014. Unprecedented proportions of growth was recorded in the second half of 2014 and it slowed down as from the second half of 2015.
November 2015 is the first month for which a lower intake (than the same month in the previous year) is reported again.
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