– The temporary relaxation of competition laws to enable greater collaboration so the sector, including dairy farmers and processors, can work closer to solve the differences between supply and demand; and
– Opening of the EU Public intervention and private storage aid for skimmed milk, butter and cheese.
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NFU Cymru estimates that of the 1640 dairy farms in Wales, some 700 have been adversely impacted by Covid-19. As the crisis in the dairy sector continues to intensify, the numbers impacted and severely impacted continue to increase.
Cllr Rob James, said,
“In Carmarthenshire, we have seen the significant impact the ongoing lockdown is having on the farming community with local farmers being forced to tip milk and facing price drops on their product, so it is absolutely right that this support be provided.
“Now it is important that we, as a local authority, build upon this announcement and begin evaluating the possibility of setting up a cooperative processing plant in our county to support our local farmers.
“Carmarthenshire Labour Councillors will continue to work with our farming community, as they continue to provide an essential service during very difficult times.”