Beamish calls for action over milk imbalance

MSP Claudia Beamish said this week that action is needed to address the imbalance in favour of retailers regarding the “milk crisis”.

Commenting on the Rural Affairs Committee’s announcement of an inquiry into concerns of Scotland’s dairy industry regarding milk prices, the MSP – also Scottish Labour’s rural affairs spokesperson – said: “Dairy farming is a hugely important industry in Scotland but price cuts pose a real threat to the livelihood of individual farmers.

“Action is needed to address the imbalance that exists in favour of big retailers to create a level playing field.

“I’m pleased that the Committee has reacted to the current price crisis to focus attention on how to support the industry at this challenging time. The inquiry will also be an opportunity to consider the importance of diversification and maximising opportunities for other dairy products like cheese.

“With 2015 marking the Year of Food and Drink we need to see renewed focus from the Scottish Government to deliver the best deal for Scottish dairy farmers.”