The farming unions have called on the government to scrutinise the milk supply chain. The National Farmers’ Union, NFU Scotland and Ulster Farmers Union told MPs that a Milk Development Council report published in September proved that there was a need for greater transparency.
According to the figures, said the unions, dairy farmers’ returns plummeted between 1994 and 2003 while retailers’ margins on milk shot up.
NFU dairy board chairman Gwyn Jones said: “The government can remove some uncertainty and anxiety by keeping a watchful eye on activities in the supply chain, facilitating transparency, eliminating abuses of power and helping the industry tackle regulatory costs.”
The Farmers Union of Wales was not part of the lobby but this week also made use of the
Milk: unions say gap is widening between farmer returns and retailer marginsMDC figures to take a swipe at retailers. Milk committee chairman Eifion Huws said: “The obscene quest of the supermarkets to make profits at any cost has left one in three Welsh dairy farmers earning less than £10,000 a year and one in five earning a paltry £5,000.”

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