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Action needed from European Commission to help dairy farmers - McMullan

12 November, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan said urgent action is needed from the European Commission to help struggling dairy farmers. 

Mr McMullan said; 

"I attended today's protest outside Belfast City Hall to stand in solidarity with our struggling dairy farmers. 

"With milk prices falling farmers and producers working in the dairy industry are facing serious challenges. 

"Dairy farmers need urgent action from Europe and the EU Commissioner Phil Hogan should raise the intervention price so farmers get a fair price for their produce. 

"All sectors of the agriculture industry are facing pressures and I will be travelling to Brussels next week to meet the Commission to raise the concerns of local farmers on this and other issues. 

"Agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill is committed to ensuring that maximum farm payments are made in December.

“This will help ease the cash flow problems our farmers are facing with the aid package she secured for dairy farmers expected to be allocated in the coming weeks. 

"Sinn Féin will continue to support those involved in our farming and agriculture sectors."

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