PRESERVING a working dairy industry is critical to the future of the Yorkshire countryside, an MP has claimed.
Richmond MP Rishi Sunak called for a range of measures, including the public sector doing more to buy British, to support struggling dairy farmers.
He said: “Without its dairy farmers, the Yorkshire Dales in my constituency, would soon seeits lush fields turned to scrub and its dry stone walls go unrepaired.
“Only by the Government, farmers and consumers working together can we preserve our dairy industry and with it our rural communities and beautiful countryside for generations to come.”
Mr Sunak was speaking in a debate in Parliament over the state of the UK dairy industry led by Ceredigion MP Mark Williams.
Mr Williams told MPs: “Milk as a staple in many people’s shopping baskets has, for too long, been at the forefront of the UK retail price war.
“But it seems that much of this cost-cutting, rather than coming from the profits of supermarkets has instead come from the price paid to the dairy suppliers.”
“Much of the milk has been bought at a lower cost than that it has cost to produce and that is simply not sustainable for my constituents or any constituentsin farming communities in this chamber today.”
York Outer MP Julian Sturdy called for the strengthening of the role of the groceries adjudicator.