Co-op are the first to up angry farmers' milk premiums
That’s because the Co-op have announced that it’ll be increasing the premium it pays to milk farmers following protests, strong words and downturned faces from skint farmers in recent weeks.
The Co-op has said that it wanted to recognise the importance of “ensuring a sustainable future” for British dairy farmers. In other words, to put a stop to driving them ever closer to suicide.
Farmers have said that with premiums being cut, some of them are producing milk for dairy products at a loss, of as much as 3p per litre. But now the Co-op has said that it’s increasing the payments to 29p per litre from 1st August.
Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, welcomed the increase, saying: “We are encouraged by the positive step taken by The Co-operative today in ensuring that its farmers will be paid a fair price for their milk. Their recognition of the real difficulties being faced by British farmers this summer and commitment to support them through these difficult times is to be applauded. But whilst this is an important move, all retailers must move to a sustainable funding model for the dairy industry.”
We can all enjoy our milk with a slightly less bitter taste in our mouths tonight then…