Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has called for greater leadership from UK and Welsh Government’s over the dairy crisis during his debate in Westminster today (Wednesday 20th April).
Mark secured a debate on the UK dairy sector and used the opportunity to raise a number of major issues contributing to the current crisis in dairy farming.
He called for greater powers for the Groceries Code Adjudicator to help protect producers across the supply chain, greater political and financial support for ‘Producer Organisations’ to give producers greater leverage in contracts and price bargaining, and raised the need for processing facilities to help the dairy sector produce more ‘value added’ dairy products.
Mark said “I was very pleased to have the opportunity to raise many of the issues which have been causing serious concern to farmers in Ceredigion, in Wales, and throughout the UK.
“The current price of dairy is unsustainable, and has seen thousands of farmers put out of business. As many as almost half of all dairy farmers in Britain have stated their intention to quit the sector.
“There is no doubt that what is needed now is strong leadership at a time of grave uncertainty. That is what almost all the farmers I speak to are telling me, and if we are to secure the future of one of the great Welsh industries, agriculture, it is vital that Government’s act.”