Northern Irish farmers join Tesco protests

FARMERS For Action Northern Ireland put pressure on Tesco by protesting outside one of its stores.

The group began their protest campaign outside of a Tesco in Knocknagoney, opposite Belfast City Airport, on Tuesday.

Protest leaders said it was in support of protests being carried out by Farmers for Action in England and Scotland at a number of Tesco distribution centres, and also against ASDA.

Northern Ireland FFA co-ordinator William Taylor said: “In the run up to Christmas our customers will expect Northern Ireland’s farmers to do what they’ve always done; work through the Christmas period to produce the food we eat and attend to their animals 24 hours a day.

“It has reached the point where consumers cannot depend on this happening as many family farmers have left the industry due to relentless price pressure being forced down the food chain from Tesco, other large supermarkets and large food retailers.

“Those remaining farmers have had enough of being slave labour to these corporate.”

Mr Taylor pointed out that farm gate milk price was approximately 25 per litre, while cost of production was 36ppl and he called on supermarkets to increase the price paid to producers by 42 per cent.

He added: “We fully support what FFA is doing in England and Scotland and call on these supermarkets to listen to what is being said.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • UNITED maybe we will get there. not just milk farmers.......all farmers

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  • LIDL in Omagh is selling milk at 54 pence for a 2 litre jar. Why are dairy farmers not closing their entrance?

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