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FFA unveils plans for London protest on March 23

David Handley and his team are gearing up for a spring fight.


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David Handley is gearing up for a fight.
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Amid rising anger over the state of the dairy industry, Farmers For Action (FFA) has raised the possibility of protests on the streets of London to vent fury at the current commodity downturn.

 

The protest group has flagged up Wednesday, March 23, 2016, as the day when it would like to descend on Westminster.

 

Summoning memories of the Countryside Alliance march on Westminster in 2002 when more than 400,000 people protested about the ban on fox hunting with dogs, FFA leader David Handley gauged member opinion about a similar event.

 

He said: “This is your opportunity to come to London and tell [David] Cameron and his Government British farming is prepared to fight for its survival. FFA strongly believes there are a number of things this Government could do to ease the situation in many sectors.

 

"All the relevant documentation to gain permission for the march has now been submitted to the authorities. The current date being considered is Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

 

"As you will all appreciate this is a massive undertaking and a lot of patience from you all is going to be required. We are currently looking at transport, at the moment coaches appear to be the best option and we would hope a lot of you would organise your own coach in your own area because as you are all aware FFA resources are limited."

 

Mr Handley hit the headlines again last week when he outed Tesco plans to shift 200 million litres of milk from Arla to Muller.

 

One industry commentator suggested Tesco’s decision was a ‘nuclear’ statement of intent which showed the retailer’s ’over-riding focus on reducing processing margins’, while others said anger in the milk fields was at an ’all-time high’ and the FFA could secure significant support for a protest march.

 


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