Ritchie urges more support for NI dairy farmers

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Friday, April 22nd, 2016
SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has spoken in Parliament in favour of greater support for Northern Irish dairy farmers. ritchieRitchie said, “Despite the world class quality of our dairy products, our reliance on the export market means Northern Irish dairy farmers are the worst affected by falls in the global price for milk. “This is amplified by the unfair price difference Northern Irish farmers get for dairy goods compared to farmers in Britain,” she insisted. “I believe this unfairness cannot go on and that the Government has an obligation to protect our world-class dairy sector from a volatile global market.
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Mid April 2016“That is why I have called on the Government to hold national retailers to account on the prices they pay Northern Irish farmers and processors, and to work harder to put milk, cheese and yogurt back on the menu in Britain and Northern Ireland.”
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