Dairy farmers urged to speak up

Dairy farmers in Argyll and Bute are being urged by a local politician to take part in a consultation on ending unfair practices in the sector. The consultation is being led by the UK Government and is designed to create a fairer marketplace for producers.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: “We badly need a scheme which better supports our dairy farmers, and recognises the contribution they make to the rural economy.

“Argyll and Bute retains a significant number of producers, especially in Kintyre and on Bute itself, and I am very keen that they should have the chance to influence the future of their industry by taking part in the consultation.

“The need to address the unequal bargaining relationship with processors and retailers is urgent if we are to retain our dairy industry, a challenge which has been compounded by the lack of a dairy hardship fund in Scotland during the pandemic, as has been done in England and Wales.”

Details of the consultation, which ends on 15th September 2020, can be found here: : https://consult.defra.gov.uk/agri-food-chain-directorate/contractual-relationships-in-the-uk-dairy-industry/

Photo - Donald meeting dairy farmers on Bute in 2018