Government action needed to secure dairy industry, MPs told

The government needs to do more to support dairy farmers if the industry is to develop, according to shadow farm minister Jim Paice.

After speaking to representatives from across the industry at an emergency Dairy Summit in London last week (17 July), Mr Paice said producers, processors and retailers were positive about the future of the industry.

“It clear that the Government has an important role to play,” he added.

“Whether it is proportionate regulation, clearer information for consumers or a sensible approach to consolidation in the supply chain, there are steps that can be taken to exploit the innovation that exists in the sector.”

Mr Paice said representatives at the summit, which was called in response to the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain last month, agreed ministers needed to show “serious commitment” to dairying if farmers or processors are to have confidence in the future.

“Let there be no doubt that Conservatives are committed to British food production and will pursue policies which enable us to compete fairly and sustainably in an extremely tough marketplace,” he added.