Unity needed in milk pricing battle, says Fergusson

GALLOWAY and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson joined hundreds of dairy farmers from across the UK met at the Lanark Market this week to try to identify the way forward in the on-going dairy crisis.

At the end of the meeting, which was hosted by the National Farmers Union of Scotland, milk producers were urged to come together and form a new organisation to be called dairy farmers together.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Fergusson said: “The clear message from today’s meeting is that unity is everything. Over the last 3 weeks the collective actions of milk producers across the UK has achieved a considerable momentum coupled with a significant degree of public support. There is a clear recognition that that momentum gives a real opportunity to find a medium to long term solution to the current imbalance within the milk price chain which allows the retailers to effectively dictate the price that the farmer receives for every litre of milk that is produced.

“If the dairy farmers of the United Kingdom stick together and use the momentum they have undoubtedly gained throughout the past three weeks, they can achieve and maintain the long-term sustainable solution to milk pricing that has eluded them for too many years.

“I would entirely endorse that call for unity and strongly urge all producers to work together to achieve that end.”