Farmers for Action (FFA) said the disappointing turnout for its latest protest may mean they ’change tack’
Farmers for Action (FFA) may change tack following ‘disappointing’ turnouts at the group’s latest protests.
About 150 farmers attended protests at three Muller sites on Thursday (August 11). The farmers used equipment to blockade and shut down sites at Market Drayton, Bridgwater and Foston.
FFA chairman David Handley is now calling for a meeting with Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi to discuss retailer supplements. He accused Muller of using the supplements to justify not paying a fair farmgate price.
"I want to talk about what Muller is doing on the back of what retailers are doing. When we negotiated retailer supplements it was on the basis they were on top of the base price,” he said.
"Muller should be paying around 21ppl plus the supplement."
However, Mr Handley did not rule out further protests.
"We are not going to stop. Farmers need to wake up and smell the coffee.
"Two years ago we were standing in our thousands saying we need 28ppl to survive. Are we now saying at 18ppl we do not need to do anything?
"If Muller succeeds in keeping the price down, we will all suffer."