Dr Dan has welcomed leading milk processor Dairy Crest’s decision to pay Suffolk’s dairy farmers a higher price for their milk. The company recently announced that the 1,330 dairy farmers that supply the group will receive a price rise of 1.85p per litre from October 1, which represents an increase of 7% on its previous price paid to farmers. The move comes on the back of a similar price increase by supermarket milk supplier Robert Wiseman Dairies, and is designed to reflect the higher feed, fertiliser, fuel, and commodity costs now faced by Britain’s dairy farmers.
Since becoming elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan has fought for the interests of local dairy farmers in his constituency, and earlier this year organised a debate in the House of Commons to highlight the issues facing British milk producers. He used this debate to demand further clarity over the Government’s proposals to establish a groceries code adjudicator, and to call on large supermarkets to pay a fair price for the milk produced by local dairy farmers.
Despite the fact that British dairy farmers have faced climbing input costs in recent years, local dairy farmers in Suffolk and across Britain have not been receiving a fair price from supermarkets and some processors for the milk they produce. The average price paid to milk producers in the UK has been amongst the lowest within the EU in recent months, in spite of the high-quality milk produced by our local dairy farmers.
Dan has been calling on large supermarket retailers and processors to exercise greater corporate responsibility in their contractual arrangements with milk producers, which is why he welcomes these latest price increases for dairy farmers, who deserve a fair price for the milk they produce.
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