All MSPs have been sent a letter with startling statistics about
some of the prices Scottish farmers receive for their produce. The
MSPs are invited to add their names to a petition calling for fair
prices for Scottish farmers, which has gathered more than five thousand
signatures so far.
The facts are:
- 1 in 4 Scottish dairy farmers has gone out of business in the
last four years;
- Scottish farmers lose 4 pence on every litre of
milk they produce yet British supermarkets make approximately 10
pence profit on every litre they sell;
- In 2006 a kilogram of new
potatoes sold for £1.80 in Scottish
supermarkets but farmers received only 17 pence per kilogram.
doesn’t add up.
So who’s creaming off the profit? It is difficult to determine
where the money goes, but with supermarkets reporting record profits
in 2006, NFU Scotland insists there must be some financial slack
along the supply chain.
Anna Davies, Communications and Campaigns Manager at NFU Scotland
“NFUS has worked hard to enlist the public’s help in
its campaign to ensure fair treatment and prices for farmers. Supermarkets
have flourished because they react to consumer demand, so the call
for fair prices for farmers that consumers can deliver in return
is important. Consumers are increasingly demanding Scottish produce
and supermarkets have a responsibility to pay prices which ensure
everyone in the food chain can make a living.
“We are now taking the same message to MSPs: to keep producing
the best food in the world, we need to keep Scotland farming. We
hope they will sign up to it.”
Andrew Arbuckle MSP, who is hosting the Union’s visit to the
“The Scottish Parliament has shown broad support for fair
prices for farmers through its Inquiry into the Food Supply Chain.
However, the issue is ongoing and NFU Scotland’s presence in
the Parliament will allow MSPs to build on the campaign, especially
ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections this May.”
If farmers don’t get a fair price, analysts have predicted
that the UK could have to start importing milk by 2011.
Scotland has some of the most efficient dairy farms in the world:
we can not let this happen.
NFU Scotland will be in the Scottish Parliament’s Garden lobby
between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 11 January.
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