Norfolk’s dairy farmer’s have been given a much needed boost after it was announced that one of Britain’s leading retailers is to increase the premium it pays to its farmers for their milk.

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The Co-operative Group said it would pay producers a total price of 29p per litre.

The announcement comes as farmers across the country held demonstrations outside processing plants to protest at the problems in the dairy industry.

Dairy farmers are furious about cuts of up to 2p a litre in the amount they receive from major milk processors and many fear the shortfall will force them out of business.

The action is the latest in a series of protests by farmers who are angry that they are to be paid less for their milk than it costs to produce it.

Steve Murrells, chief executive of Co-operative Food, said: “We have a track record of supporting British farmers, and we recognise the importance of ensuring a long-term, sustainable future for British dairy farmers.

“We have been in continual discussions on this issue with the National Farmers Union and we have listened to their concerns.

“We are taking this action to help alleviate the immediate pressures that farmers within the Co-operative Dairy Group are facing.

“Going forward, we are committed to finding a supply model that is sustainable for the long-term future of our dairy farmers.”

Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, welcomed the move.

He said: “We are encouraged by the positive step taken by The Co-operative today in ensuring that its farmers will be paid a fair price for their milk.

“Their recognition of the real difficulties being faced by British farmers this summer and commitment to support them through these difficult times is to be applauded.

“But whilst this is an important move, all retailers must move to a sustainable funding model for the dairy industry.”

The premium Co-operative Dairy Group farmers receive will rise to 2.57p per litre with immediate effect and to 4.27p per litre from August 1, following processor reductions.

For more on the milk crisis for Norfolk’s farmers see tomorrow’s EDP.

5 comments

  • It still boggles my mind that Farmers cannot charge the supermarkets the price they want, rather than the supermarkets deciding...

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    Paul-Michael Ebbens

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • The UK is in the same bracket as those developing countries where "Fair Trade" agreements give local producers a guaranteed price,for bananas for example.What an indictment of the UK economy.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • I'd be happy to pay more for milk lets face it a pint of beer in the pub is over £3 for that you could get 12 pints of milk it doesnt make sense

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    david106

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Who needs cows milk? other than calves, that is.

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    Catton Man

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • I have 8 pints(1Gallon)or (4.544 litres) Which costs £5.048 = 0.63 pence a pint,and this is delivered to the doorstep three times a week. Support your local milkman, because one day you may not be able to get to the supermarket.By the way this price is including delivery.Don't forget the farmer and the milkman do not work, 9 to 5 they need to earn a decent living.If they go bust the government will not bale them out with tax papayers money like the Banks and Railways

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    LFB

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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