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Agriculture Council Discusses Dairy Contracts

14 December 2010

EU - Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead welcomed the European Commission proposals to meet the challenging conditions facing the dairy industry as the EU agriculture council met in Brussels this week.<

Mr Lochhead joined other Ministers in toasting the sector with a glass of milk.

In the council, the discussions centred on the Commission’s proposals to amend the regulations governing contracts for the milk sector as recommended by the High Level Group in June.

Mr Lochhead told Farming UK: "I welcome the Commission’s proposals to improve the contractual position of primary producers. This is a step forward, although more can still be done.

"It has been clear to me that in Scotland there is an imbalance within the dairy supply chain which acts against the long term interests of producers. This has to be addressed.

"I am pleased that the European Commission has recognised this and these tabled measures."

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