Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has sought parliamentary support for fairer milk prices for Scotland’s dairy farmers.
In a motion laid in Holyrood today, Tavish Scott recognised the enormous contribution that dairy farmers make to Scotland’s rural economy, noting the substantial fall in the price offered to farmers by some major retailers for their milk in recent weeks.
Tavish urged Scottish Government ministers to work with their UK counterparts to ensure producers are offered a fair price for their milk.
Commmenting, Tavish said:
“Scotland’s dairy farmers have been squeezed by high levels of production on the one hand and rock bottom prices offered by retailers on the other. The industry is facing huge challenges and it is important that farmers are getting the support they need from the Scottish and UK governments.
“We need to see concrete action to ensure that producers get a fair price for their milk from major retailers. It is not the supermarkets who pick up the tab for rock-bottom milk prices – it is the farmers who end up being squeezed and squeezed again to support special offers in our supermarkets."