5 October 2001


THINK-tanks are being set up by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers to find a positive way forward for milk producers.

Announcing the launch of the British Dairying Futures project at the Dairy Event, RABDF chairman Tim Brigstocke said the first group would consider producing milk without quotas.

This group would include up to 10 representatives from throughout the food chain who would be appointed shortly.

"These will be forward thinking individuals with no political axes to grind," said Mr Brigstocke.

It should be up and running within a month and its report should be available by the end of November, he said. "We plan to make the results fully available across the industry."

This should help producers plan a way forward by highlighting available options, he added.

Further think tanks in this project would include getting the most out of the milk market and restoring public confidence.

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