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Dairy farmers need real help right now says West Midlands MEP

September 17, 2009 5:40 PM

West Midlands MEP Liz Lynne has welcomed the adoption today of a European Parliament resolution today addressing the crisis in the dairy sector.

The resolution called for a range of measures to be taken forward to help dairy farmers, many of whom have seen the price of their milk drop dramatically in recent months.

Many Dairy farmers are now selling milk at a loss, which means they are losing money each month and relying on their savings, which is not sustainable.

Local MEP Liz Lynne commented today;

"I am horrified at the current market situation for so many of our dairy farmers. It is plainly wrong and completely unsustainable that many of these farmers are being forced to sell their milk at a loss and are having to rely on their savings to get by.

"This resolution from the European Parliament which I have backed calls for more help for farmers and makes it clear that the domination of the large supermarkets, who sell milk at a loss to get people into their shops, is at least partly to blame.

"The Liberal Democrats have for a long time now called for an independent supermarket regulator to look at supermarket domination and the effect that this is having on our farmers in particular."