ON FARM BURIAL & MILK PRICE
FARMERS FOR ACTION
PRESS RELEASE -
9 June 2003
FAILURE OF NATIONAL COLLECTION SCHEME FOR DEADSTOCK
Surely now DEFRA must realise this failure was not due to anything other than farmers using their democratic rights. The fact they chose not to send in their forms is a show of strength of feeling that they are not going to accept the proposed scheme. If fallen stock is a public health issue, then DEFRA should show us the evidence and if there is a strong case that the public is at risk, then DEFRA should be the first ones taken to the European court. After all, in 2001 they buried 100,000's of carcases all over the country.
If indeed there is a need for such a scheme, FFA believe DEFRA should pick up the bill, after all public health is the government's duty not the farmer's. Most other EU governments pay, why not the
FFA had talks with Asda-Walmart on Friday and they have agreed to help get producer prices up this summer. We have now just to get Tesco on board.
Both Dairy Crest and Robert Wiseman Dairies also met with FFA last week and also support the initiative.
FFA's David Handley "everyone should now get behind an increase initiative for the 1 July. It is badly needed by producers and I would like to see the unions nail their flag firmly to the pole!"