FFA warns retailers to expect direct action

Farmers For Action has warned that it could take direct action against retailers over the next few weeks to drive home the message that farmers are not getting a fair deal.


The organisation has warned that supermarkets may find themselves facing protests at distribution centres the run-up to Christmas in a bid by producers to highlight the issues facing them.


FFA is also planning to get farmers along to events in supermarket car parks where they will try to explain the problems facing the industry direct to consumers.


“We definitely have further strike action planned,” FFA chairman David Handley told Farmers Weekly.


“But whether we do that before Christmas is now debatable, as we are conscious we have consumer support and we want to keep that.


“It is more likely we will go back to what we are known best for – that is activities around stores and distribution centres.”


Mr Handley was speaking after a summit meeting on Monday (14 November) which was attended by five other organisations.


These were the National Sheep Association, the Farmers Union of Wales, the Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association, Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association and Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association.


The group has challenged the retail giants to publicly accept that farmers are not getting a fair deal and to address the problem immediately.


There was also unanimous agreement on a course of further action to drive home the message that farmers are not receiving a fair share of the retail price for key products such as dairy, beef and lamb.