Dairy farming is of considerable economic and social importance to Wales, accounting for a third of all agricultural production by value and employing thousands of people. The dairy industry in Wales has an estimated total economic output of about Ap420m, one third (30%) of all Welsh agricultural production. There are 1, 901 dairy farmers in Wales who produce 1.5 billion litres of milk per year, 12% of the total UK milk volume. The 224, 000 dairy cattle in Wales constitute about 12% of the UK dairy herd. Long-standing cost pressures on dairy farmers came to a head in a crisis in summer last year, 2012, when processors announced a series of milk price reductions to be implemented at short notice. The Committee's key conclusions are: (i) The new voluntary code of practice is an important step forward to redress the balance in the contractual relationship between dairy producer and purchaser; (ii) The Committee urges all dairy processors who have not yet signed the voluntary code to do so; (iii) The code must be given time to work; (iv) Should the voluntary code fail, the UK Government must legislate for a statutory code of contracts.I have always rejected the argument that we can either produce food or we can work in an environmentally-friendly way. ... It demonstrates the commitment of the Welsh Government to agri-environmental schemes, which goes far beyond theanbsp;...
|Title||:||The voluntary code of practice in the dairy sector|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Welsh Affairs Committee|
|Publisher||:||Stationery Office - 2013-05-21|