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Dairy protests to bring results?

21 March 2000
Dairy protests to bring results?

A JOINT statement from protesting dairy farmers and Tesco officials following talks on milk prices is expected to be released today…more…

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Dairy protests to bring results?

21 March 2000
Dairy protests to bring results?

A JOINT statement from protesting dairy farmers and Tesco officials following talks on milk prices is expected to be released today…more…

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Dairy protests to bring results?

21 March 2000
Dairy protests to bring results?

by FWi staff

A JOINT statement from protesting dairy farmers and Tesco officials following talks on milk prices is expected to be released on Tuesday (21 March).

The move has fuelled speculation that direct action by farmers may have secured a breakthrough with a Britains biggest supermarket chain.

Tesco distribution depots were targeted by protesting dairy producers after milk prices to farmers fell to their lowest in real terms for 30 years.

Farmers are expecting a price rise to about 20ppl, but their protests may continue, claimed the Radio 4 Farming Today programme.

Producers across the country have also been spilling milk, picketing dairy companies and stopping milk collections.

Safeway and Waitrose last week said they were prepared to pay more for milk if the money went to farmers and other producers followed their lead.

But on Monday (20 March) Tesco said its hands were tied on the issue, for to collude to push up the price of milk was illegal under competition laws.

It claimed the plight of dairy farmers was not caused by retailers but by the strength of Sterling.

Derek Mead of protestors Farmers for Action said the National Farmers Union should have offered better leadership in the dispute.

He urged farmers had to form properly integrated co-operatives in a bid to reverse the decline in milk prices paid by the big dairy companies.

Mr Mead said the National Farmers Union must stop seeking subsidy and instead seek to maximise commercial opportunities with consumers.

“The days of creeping up Whitehall asking for handouts are over. We have a marvellous market in the UK of 56 million people. Weve got to address the marketplace.”

Meanwhile, free school milk for hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in UK was saved on Monday (20 March) night.

European Union agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels voted by 10 votes to five against axing subsidies for the service.

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Dairy protests to bring results?

21 March 2000
Dairy protests to bring results?

by FWi staff

A JOINT statement from protesting dairy farmers and Tesco officials following talks on milk prices is expected to be released on Tuesday (21 March).

The move has fuelled speculation that direct action by farmers may have secured a breakthrough with a Britains biggest supermarket chain.

Tesco distribution depots were targeted by protesting dairy producers after milk prices to farmers fell to their lowest in real terms for 30 years.

Farmers are expecting a price rise to about 20ppl, but their protests may continue, claimed the Radio 4 Farming Today programme.

Producers across the country have also been spilling milk, picketing dairy companies and stopping milk collections.

Safeway and Waitrose last week said they were prepared to pay more for milk if the money went to farmers and other producers followed their lead.

But on Monday (20 March) Tesco said its hands were tied on the issue, for to collude to push up the price of milk was illegal under competition laws.

It claimed the plight of dairy farmers was not caused by retailers but by the strength of Sterling.

Derek Mead of protestors Farmers for Action said the National Farmers Union should have offered better leadership in the dispute.

He urged farmers had to form properly integrated co-operatives in a bid to reverse the decline in milk prices paid by the big dairy companies.

Mr Mead said the National Farmers Union must stop seeking subsidy and instead seek to maximise commercial opportunities with consumers.

“The days of creeping up Whitehall asking for handouts are over. We have a marvellous market in the UK of 56 million people. Weve got to address the marketplace.”

Meanwhile, free school milk for hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in UK was saved on Monday (20 March) night.

European Union agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels voted by 10 votes to five against axing subsidies for the service.

    Read more on:
  • News
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