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Compulsory dairy code suggested by MPs

Posted by Lotty Reeves on 4th December 2014

It has been suggested by MPs at a recent parliamentary debate that the dairy code should be made compulsory to protect farmers from milk price fluctuations.

Liberal Democrat MP David Heath has said that the current Voluntary Code of Dairy Practice had appeared to work well at first, but now appeared to be failing and was in need of re-examination. Heath stated: “We need a supply chain that is fair on every single level.”

Simon Hart, MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, pointed out the short notice that dairy farmers receive with regard to price reductions, and said that in the long term, it was ‘completely unsustainable’ for dairy farmers to have to sell products for less than their production costs.

However, Farming Minister George Eustice claims that a recent review of the Voluntary Dairy Code demonstrated that it covered 85% of milk production, and was working well and making a positive difference.

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