Cyprus Farmers Enraged About New Halloumi Law
A new law in Cyprus sets a standard ratio for the amounts of cow's, goat's, and sheep's milk that goes into Halloumi cheese, a large export of the country. Farmers are furious about the new standard, claiming that there is not enough goat's and sheep's milk to meet the new standard minimum, therefore their cow's milk will go to waste since it cannot be used to make up the difference. The farmers bombarded the state house with tractors and banners in protest.
The halloumi standard has been the subject of many conflicts between state, farmers and dairy manufacturers, with everyone involved wanting their fair share of the very large pie that is halloumi exports – estimated to bring in hundreds of millions of euros every year.