Coronavirus: Why Canada dairy farmers are dumping milk

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Dairy farmers in one of Canada’s largest milk-producing province are poised to dump millions of litres of milk due to coronavirus. Dairy Farmers of Ontario has told farmers to get rid of raw milk to keep prices stable and prevent oversupply. The industry group says demand has crashed as restaurants and other bulk buyers shutter due to Covid-19. Some 500 farms have been asked to dump 5 million litres a week, according to a trade report. The policy is a volte-face from last week, when Dairy Farms of Ontario, which oversees nearly a third of Canada’s dairies, had asked farmers to increase production amid concerns about a shortage.