After being contacted by Cornwall Councillor for Newyln and Goonhavern, Jinny Clark, regarding the low prices offered by supermarkets to dairy farmers in her ward, Sarah has put pressure on the Government to take decisive action on the issue.
In a letter to Farming Minister Jim Paice Sarah commented:
‘Dairy farmers have struggled with falling milk prices for some years. The purchasing power of dominant supermarket chains has meant that farmers, during a period when transport, food and labour costs have risen sharply, have been offered smaller and smaller sums for the milk they produce.’
'According to the National Farmers Union dairy farmers in the South West are now paid on average just 25p for each litre of milk they produce. Such a price is not inducive to profit, and many dairy farms are now running at a loss.'
‘I am aware that is certainly the case for many dairy farmers in my constituency. I have just this week been contacted by a farming constituent who has seen his income from milk production drop by £50,000 over the space of a year. With many farmers facing a similar situation, dairy farming is increasing becoming a matter of sacrificial commitment to farming traditions, rather than a viable business option.’