Minister committed to assisting dairy farmers – McMullan

Oliver McMullan with UFU president Ian Marshall
Oliver McMullan with UFU president Ian Marshall

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has described this week’s Ulster Farmers’ Union conference on dairy farming at Greenmount Campus as an opportunity to co-ordinate the campaign to get dairy farmers a fair deal for their produce.

Mr McMullan said: “We are only too aware of the crisis dairy farmers are facing and today’s conference was an opportunity to gather stock and look at ways of working our way through the present difficulties.

“It is important that we work together as politicians, unions and farmers to get the best deal possible to return dairy farmers to profitability.

“The attendance of the minister today and her statement of intent regarding a meeting with EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has to be welcomed.

“It is important that we approach the 1st of September meeting agreed that the EU intervention price needs to be changed to reflect the special needs of dairy farmers in the North.

“The conference also outlined the various ways in which CAFRE is working in helping farmers through workshops and the Minister took time to outline details of the record Rural Development Fund secured this week.

“As member of the DARD Committee I will continue to work with the UFU, farmers and the Department to secure the best outcomes for the agricultural industry here.”