'Save Our Industry' Is Plea To Supply Chain

UK - The case for Fair Trade for British Farmers has been boosted by a shocking new insight into the plight facing dairy farmers.
calendar icon 11 May 2007
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‘Save our industry’

‘Save our industry’ was the plea to the dairy supply chain this week, following the publication of shocking new evidence highlighting the depth of the crisis now facing milk producers.

Dairy farmers are losing an average of 3.42p on every litre of milk they produce. This marks a deterioration of an already dire situation as rising costs and falling prices in 2006/7 have combined to widen the gap that last year stood at 1.5ppl.

The ‘British Milk – What Price 2007?’ report, published by the Royal Association of British Farmers (RABDF) and National Farmers Union, warns that farms have no money for business reinvestment, leaving many with no option but to get out.

Three dairy farmers are leaving the industry each day and it is estimated that 3,000 of the country’s 18,000 dairy farmers will quit within the next two years.

The report also warns that the cost burden is only going to get heavier with new environmental legislation on the way.

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