Dairy farmers hit out at Asda

DAIRY FARMERS have vented their anger over Arla‘s milk price cut of 0.4p/litre by blockading Asda distribution depots.

Farmers For Action demonstrated at the retailer‘s sites in Scotland on Wed (Oct 20) and in Wigan, Lancs; Didcot, Oxon; and Wakefield, West Yorks on Thurs.

FFA blames the supermarket for the price cut because it believes the move has been driven by Arla becoming Asda‘s sole supplier.

FFA chairman David Handley told FARMERS WEEKLY the protests had been organised because there had been a lack of progress.

“I‘ve talked to Asda virtually every day, but there is no indication the 0.4p will be reinstated,” he said.

The protests followed a rally attended by 1700 people in Chester last Sat (Oct 16) to highlight dissatisfaction on issues such as farming, hunting, rural transport and housing.

A second rally is planned for Bristol in Nov and there are plans to take 1000 tractors to London ahead of the general election.