NFU lobbying to help dairy farmers
NewsMonday 03 November 2014
The National Farmers Union is to submit evidence to an inquiry on the price of dairy as part of their lobbying work to Elizabeth Truss, the Defra Secretary of State.
The inquiry has been launched by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in response to the recent accelerated drop in farm-gate and dairy commodity prices.
Earlier on this month, the Committee wrote to Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, asking for an urgent update on Defra’s actions to support the UK dairy industry.
And, last week they published the response that they received whilst also announcing that they will be seeking views on the adequacy of the Government’s actions to ensure that the UK’s dairy farmers can continue to invest for the future at a time of volatile market prices.
Miss Anne McIntosh MP, the chair of the Committee said: “Our Committee has taken a close interest in the dairy industry, publishing a report in 2011 with a series of recommendations for Government action.
"The Secretary of State’s letter reports that significant action has been taken to implement changes since then, but we wish to investigate a number of areas where further action could be taken. The Committee is therefore inviting interested parties to let us have their views on the best way to safeguard the UK dairy industry during the current global price downturn”.
NFU Chief Dairy Adviser, Sian Davies, said: “We are pleased to see that the government is taking the current dairy situation seriously and it is encouraging that the EFRA committee is looking into what more can be done, as well as the effectiveness of measures already in place to support the UK dairy industry.
"We will submit evidence to the enquiry on all topics requested in support of all our dairy members. It is vital that we continue to see tools made available to farmers to manage market volatility, as well as government support of British agriculture and increasingly fair and transparent supply chain practices”.
To see Liz Truss MP’s reply to the Committee, click here now.