Fairer milk prices for farmers

Current milk prices means that farmers currently produce milk at a loss unless they can farm on a very large scale. Farmers would prefer a fair price for milk over any subsidies as allows them to be in control. Supermarkets don't pay a fair price. Setting minimum prices would allow farmers to rely on their produce to make an income rather than subsidies 

Why the contribution is important

Farmers are going out of business on a daily basis as importing milk produce from the EU and non countries flood the market. We should support our farmers. 

by GEvs on August 26, 2016 at 08:05PM

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Comments

  • Posted by TyG August 28, 2016 at 16:40

    I support this idea but there are risks with banning imports as it could lead us into a tit for tat trade war which wouldn't be in our best interests
  • Posted by TyG August 28, 2016 at 16:45

    the government seemingly dont want to take on the supermarkets on to intervene is milk price wars

    there should be minimum price levels for milk, government should force milk prices to sustainable pricing levels so farmers can make a living
  • Posted by denvaughan September 01, 2016 at 12:25

    All businesses should pay a carbon footprint tax to encourage local production and consumption of products - world markets only contribute to the problem of global warming (on many levels).
  • Posted by rastathecat September 11, 2016 at 16:00

    With so many people these days changing to a vegan diet, can we please persuade our farmers in Wales to diversify and produce food that is much better for our well-being which in turn would lead to a healthier Welsh population and would save on Health costs. On the subject of milk, we are the only animals on the planet who drink another animals milk. The biochemical make-up of cow’s milk is perfectly suited to turn a 65-pound newborn calf into a 400-pound cow in one year. It contains, for example, three times more protein and seven times more mineral content while human milk has 10 times as much essential fatty acids, three times as much selenium, and half the calcium. Some may like cow’s milk but drinking it is both unnecessary and potentially harmful.
     
  • Posted by EllisHuws September 26, 2016 at 12:11

    Dairy milk is only one kind of milk. There's also soya milk, oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk and so on. It seems silly to focus on just one type, and the one that is, by all accounts, the least healthy.
  • Posted by AlexandraCook September 27, 2016 at 15:31

    Rather than setting minimum prices for any milk, maybe there should be an alternative of more healthy organic high-fat raw milk so people may try real stuff and start paying a bit more for it, providing there is plenty of education on benefits of this kind of food and the prices are not as high as for organic meat comparing to ordinary meat. Or organic pasture milk farms which support biodiversity should be subsidised, so the prices are lower.

    Most people in these parts of Europe are absolutely fine with dairy (thanks to lactase persistence), especially high-fat diary (see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22810464 for example).
  • Posted by Emorgan October 10, 2016 at 20:56

    Good luck growing almond and coconut trees in Wales! And google the devastating drought that has affected California for the past few years and where most of the worlds almonds are produced. Large areas of Wales does not have suitable conditions for growing arable crops. Grass is the only commercially viable crop in parts of mid and north Wales and the livestock that grazes it provides rural communities with a livelihood.
    The supermarkets have too much power and the government needs to regulate them to ensure that fair prices are paid for produce. They take subsidies into account when working out the prices they pay farmers and the oilgopoly that they are means that farmers have to take the price that they are given.
  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 13:51

    Diolch i chi am rannu eich syniadau a sylwadau!

    Mae eich blaenoriaethau a syniadau yn cael eu defnyddio i helpu’r Pwyllgor i ysgrifennu ei adroddiad ar sut y gallwn ddatblygu egwyddorion sy'n sail i bolisi amaethyddiaeth a datblygu gwledig newydd i Gymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth, plîs cysylltwch â fi ar celyn.cooper@cynulliad.cymru. Mi fyddai’n sicr o ddiweddaru’r tudalennau hyn a’r sgwrs fel mae hyn yn datblygu.

    Mae eich syniadau a’ch blaenoriaethau hefyd wedi bod o gymorth i’r Pwyllgor wrth iddo wahodd sefydliadau a chyrff cynrychioliadol i’r Senedd i roi tystiolaeth ar lafar ar ddyfodol amaeth yng Nghymru.

    O ddiddordeb , mae'r Pwyllgor yn cynnal nifer o ymgynghoriadau newydd ar hyn o bryd. Mae croeso i chi gysylltu yn uniongyrchol, neu ymweld â wefan y Pwyllgor am fanylion pellach: http://www.assembly.wales/cy/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!

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    Thank you for sharing your idea and comments!

    Your ideas and priorities are now being used to help the Committee write its report on how we can develop principles to underpin a new agriculture and rural development policy for Wales. For more information, please do contact me @ celyn.cooper@assembly.wales. I’ll also make sure to update the pages and this thread to keep you updated as this progresses.

    Your ideas and priorities have also been a great support for the Committee as it invited representative organisations and bodies to come to the Senedd and give oral evidence on the future of agriculture in Wales.

    Of interest, the Committee is also undertaking a number of other inquiries at the moment that may be of interest. You're more than welcome to contact me directly, or visit the Committee's webpage for more information on how to get involved: http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Thank you again for all your contributions!
    Diolch!
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