Dairy UK chief welcomes ‘positive steps’ but disappointment over intervention

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Dairy UK chief executive Dr Judith Bryans has described this week’s Agriculture Council meeting and the comprehensive support package which was announced by the EU Commission as “positive steps”.

However she was quick to highlight disappointment at the position the commission had taken in regards to intervention price.

Dr Bryans said: “The commission’s announcement includes a number of positive steps to support the dairy industry.

“The measures focusing on trade and exports, promotion and volatility are very much in line with Dairy UK’s key priorities and we are already actively involved in developing export markets, facilitating foreign inspection visits, exploring new tools to manage the impact of price volatility and promoting our great British dairy products.

“However, we are very disappointed by the commission’s stance on the review of the intervention price. Although we agree with and fully support a market-oriented industry, exceptional times call for exceptional measures. Increasing the intervention price would help stabilise the market and give the dairy industry a much-needed immediate relief.”

Dr Bryans also addressed the announcement made by DEFRA Secretary of State Liz Truss earlier on Monday.

She explained that it was vital a united approach be taken to achieve future targets.

“Going forward, it will be crucial for DEFRA to work with the whole dairy supply chain to achieve the goals set out by the Secretary of State.

“The dairy industry from farm to fridge is affected by harsh market conditions and the situation will only improve thanks to productive collaboration throughout the supply chain.

“The Secretary of State needs to work with all parties and ensure that all sides of the dairy industry are given the right tools and support to be able to focus on solutions to this crisis.”