The recommended restructure of agricultural levy bodies would prove an “exceptionally bad deal for Britain’s dairy farmers”, says the Milk Development Council.
MDC chairman Brian Peacock said the structure proposed by economist Rosemary Radcliffe would increase costs, reducing the amount of levy available to help dairy farmers improve profits. “It involves the creation of an additional body between Defra and the levy bodies. The new body would contract out levy collection to a third party.
“However, the MDC already collects more efficiently than other bodies, so costs borne by farmers could only increase.
“Also, a new centralised organisation would absorb our Datum economics and Dairy Council nutritional work, forcing less focused rather than sector-specific working.”