On December 10, it was reported that according to the information provided by the German Farmers' Association (DBV), the income of German farmers deteriorated in the past year, the income of main agricultural enterprises decreased from 45400 euros to 34400 euros, and the monthly gross income of farmers was only 2050 euros.
Farmers' Association said in Berlin on Thursday that dairy farmers and agricultural enterprises suffered the most losses, followed by pig and poultry breeding enterprises. Gerd Sonnleitner, chairman of the Association of Farmers, said that 2008/09 was a "disastrous year" for German agriculture. The income of dairy farmers dropped significantly, and the price of dairy products fell sharply. Farmers were forced to take to the streets to protest. He said that exports are very important to German agriculture. Germany is the third largest exporter of agricultural products in the world (the export volume in 2008 was 52 billion euros), and a quarter of German farmers' income comes from exports. Germany imports more agricultural products than exports, with a total value of about 62 billion euros. He also said that German agriculture was also affected by the economic crisis. The federal government provided 750 million euros of special financial support for agriculture, which played a role in improving farmers' income. He asked the government to set up a risk reserve to improve the anti risk ability of agricultural enterprises.