The reform of the Common Agriculture Policy made provision for a direct payment to help offset the reduction in EU support prices.
Following consultation, DEFRA ministers agreed an additional payment for dairy farmers should be paid as a straight forward top-up to the dairy premium.
Lord Whitty, food and farming minister, said: “The preference of a clear majority of farmers was that we should make the additional payment on the same basis as the dairy premium.”
The news was welcomed by the NFU which had lobbied DEFRA to adopt a straight top-up payment. The payment will consist of two parts, a dairy premium based on the milk quota held by a
producer and the additional top-up payment.
However, Gwyn Jones, dairy board chairman, said: “The dairy sector remains disappointed at the reform implementation for England and we have concerns about how this will impact on the sector.”
Detailed analysis of recent North American salmon sales suggest that there will be a carryover of red 213g.
However, packers are refuting the findings: “No-one in their right mind will want to go into this season with stock,” a leading canner said.
A weak dollar and an abundance of fish should mean unchanged sterling costs for UK buyers.
This is good news for a product experiencing a fall in demand due to the heavy promotional activity on tuna but bogofs stemmed the fall and the two leading brands, Princes and John West, will be keeping up the pressure against own labels. Speciality packs such as skinless and boneless are also attracting younger consumers.