Milk price rises welcome, but not enough, says Farron

Lib Dem MP Tim Farron has welcomed the latest round of milk price increases, but insists more must be done to help struggling dairy farmers.

A number of dairy processors, including Muller Wiseman and First Milk, have announced increases in their milk prices by 1p/litre in the past week.

As of 1 November, First Milk’s standard litre price will stand at 32p and 31.85p, respectively.

But Mr Farron, the Lib Dem’s president, said: “Every farmer should receive a fair price for their milk – one that at least covers their costs of production. This increase in the price paid to farmers is an important step in the right direction, but still leaves farmers barely enough room to get by, so much more must be done.

“We need to pay farmers a decent price because we need to be able to reinvest and secure the long-term future of their business. If we don’t allow them to do that we are just keeping the wolf away from the door.”

He added: “I will continue to work with the NFU, the Dairy Coalition and other MPs to ensure other dairy processors follow First Milk’s example and increase the amount they pay for milk until farmers are finally getting a fair price for their produce.”

Last week, Mr Farron became one of the first MPs to sign the NFU’s Back British Farming charter, which calls on the public, politicians and the food industry to show more support for British farmers.

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