Dairy industry 'withering on the vine' claims Lord Morris
A PAST Secretary of State for Wales and now Lord Morris of Aberavon has expressed serious concerns for the survival of the UK dairy industry.
“I fear the dairy industry is withering on the vine because it is operating on an unfair playing field,” he said.
“The major supermarkets hold the industry in their grip but some have been less fair than others to their discredit. In their own interests do they really want the dairy industry to die?
“There is something completely wrong when a pint of milk is about 50p and a pint of water 83p.”
Lord Morris, who was FUW’s first deputy general secretary and legal adviser, was speaking at the opining of the organisation’s new Royal Welsh showground pavillion.
He added: “When I was a young man working for farmers there were 6,000 registered milk producers in Carmarthenshire alone. I doubt whether there are 3,000 in the whole of Wales now.
“The Westminster Minister of Agriculture is trying to agree a voluntary code of practice with the dairy and retail industries and to work with them to ensure stability in the market.
“But in a deregulatory age this is the only offer on the table and I wish the Minister well, though time is not on his side for it to succeed.”
He said the whole supply chain needed repair and welcomed Lord Plumb’s support in the House of Lords for a Groceries Code Adjudicator (Ombudsman) to ensure fairness in the market place.
The only argument was what powers he should have.
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