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Young Farmer creates petition calling for fairer prices for farmers

An online petition has been created by a 20-year-old Young Farmer keen to see fairer prices for all UK farmers.



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Suzanne Cole of Faringdon Seniors Young Farmers’ Club (YFC), who grew up on her family farm in Oxfordshire, set up the petition stating British farmers should legally have to be paid at least the cost of production.

 

"I was discussing the milk price with people at my work who were not from a farming background, and they geniunely didn’t believe me when I said dairy farmers were not even paid the cost of production," Ms Cole told Farmers Guardian.

 

"They didn’t understand how farmers were manage to survive on such a low wage, and I decided I had an opportunity to try and do something about it."

 

The online petition states the issue does not only lie in the dairy industry, as figures show cereal, crop and pig prices are due to drop by significant percentages in this year alone.

 

Signatures

 

Ms Cole created the petition and circulated it around social media to try and drum up support for the thousands of dairy farmers in the UK.

 

She said: "I was interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford and have contacted various people through Facebook.

 

"So far we have nearly 2,000 signatures."

 

Online petitions require 10,000 signatures for the Government to respond, and 100,000 signatures for the subject to be considered for debate in Parliament.

 

"The aim is to achieve the 100,000 signatures, because if nothing improves, we are likely to lose British farmers and suppliers," explained Ms Cole.

 

Public pressure

 

Ms Cole has been involved with farming from a young age, growing up on her family beef, dairy and arable farm in Eton Hastings, Oxfordshire.

 

She said: "I wanted to help spread the message and create public pressure to the supermarkets so that maybe they will raise the price they pay to farmers.

 

"If nothing else, the risk of rising food prices should encourage the public to sign the petition, because as more farms go under, the country will be at the mercy of imports.

 

"Everyone needs food, and that food should be British."

 


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