Call for Welsh dairy action plan

The Welsh Government is being urged to draw up an action plan to protect Wales’ dairy farming sector.

Dairy farmer numbers in Wales have fallen by 51.3% since 1999 and Plaid Cymru is demanding more government action to halt the decline.

During a debate in the Senedd on Wednesday 2 November, Plaid Cymru insisted action was needed to tackle what it referred to as “widespread unfair commercial practices” within the supply chain.

It wanted to see a baseline standard raw milk contract, an enforceable code of practice between farmers and dairy companies and for margins and wholesale prices to be disclosed.

The party’s rural affairs spokesman, Llyr Huws Gruffydd, said earning a living from producing milk had become a “near-impossible task”.

“Welsh farmers often find themselves having to accept unfair or unclear contracts which require them to sell all their milk to just one buyer and allows that buyer to change the price they pay for the milk with little or no notice. These contracts also lock farmers in for long periods without any exit clauses,” he said.

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