Ritchie calls for emergency sitting of EFRA Committee amid milk crisis

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SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called for the Westminster EFRA Committee to be urgently reconvened to deal with the deepening crisis in milk prices.

Ms Ritchie said: “The crisis in milk prices which has seen dairy farmers in the North and in Britain paid below production costs has become critical. I have repeatedly made representations at the very highest political level to urge resolution to the situation and I have now called for an emergency sitting of the Westminster Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

“Farming Unions are now coming together to show a united front in the face of this crisis. It’s important that we have a united political front to support them across all parties and all devolved nations. The farming industry in the North is an economic cornerstone and it’s imperative that we take urgent action to offer more security at such a turbulent time.

“I will continue to liaise with the Committee Chair, the EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and Agriculture Ministers with a view to resolving this matter.”