MEP On Side Of Scotland's Dairy Farmers

29 April 2009
MEP for Scotland Alyn Smith today (Wednesday) met with Scottish dairy farmers who were lobbying politicians over the prices they are paid for milk.

The protest in Scotland took place outside the Scottish Parliament but corresponded with a European day of action, with protests being held all over Europe. The day of action is being coordinated by the European Milk Board.

Smith, Scotland's only full member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, said:

"Morning and night, 365 days a year, these farmers milk their cows. It's a hard job at the best of times, but when your business is losing money every time you do it then it really does seem completely thankless.

"The milk supply chain has reached a stage where it is crippling the industry. While the consumer is paying more, our dairy farmers are receiving less which results in less investment into the industry, putting their livelihoods at even greater disadvantage.

"As we look forward to fundamental reform of the Common Agricultural Policy then it seems clear to me that real action must be taken to support the European food supply chain, and if re-elected in June I will do all I can to take this forward."