29 SEP 2011

Dr Dan welcomes news of boost to local dairy farmers

Dr Dan with dairy farmer Graham Tibbenham and others at Weybread Hall farmDr 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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Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. As a remain voter, I am sympathetic to her position, but does she agree that sometimes one of the main drivers of tourism is the exchange rate, and one thing we have seen is increased tourism as a result of decreased value of the pound against the euro and other currencies, perhaps as a direct consequence of that Brexit vote? I know she...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (22 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations on future trade deals for UK agriculture.