The slight increase in milk prices has prompted Plaid Cymru to urge the Welsh Government to kick-start action to help strengthen the precarious market.
After a period of declining milk prices, First Milk has announced that it will increase its September prices by up to 1.25ppl but milk producers are still not receiving anywhere near sustainable prices, says Plaid.
North Wales Assembly Member, Llyr Gruffydd, is urging Ministers to act now to strengthen the market and is calling on the Welsh Government to appoint an industry champion to promote Welsh food and farming and ensure the Groceries Supply Code of Practice is implemented fully.
“Welsh dairy farmers are facing the toughest market conditions around and while we welcome the small increase in First Milk’s prices, farmers are still producing milk at a loss,” he says.
“The Welsh Government needs to act now, and it can use this small rise as a kick-start.
“Plaid has always warned that the role of the Groceries Code Adjudicator was too restricted which meant that it could not protect dairy farmers properly.
“We want the government to work with the farming unions and business representatives to draw any abuse of the code to the adjudicator’s attention.
“We would also appoint an industry champion to promote Welsh food and farming with major retailers and processors.
“We want to go out and encourage companies to stock Welsh produce as part of a national campaign to celebrate responsible business.
“Farmers are facing the most difficult of times, particularly in light of Brexit, and it is high time the Welsh Government acted to support the dairy industry,” he added.
“It can use this price increase as a head start, but the industry desperately needs government support.”