Call for support for milk producers

North East SNP MSP Christian Allard, left, with local dairy farmer Roy Mitchell.
North East SNP MSP Christian Allard, left, with local dairy farmer Roy Mitchell.

A North East MSP is calling on retailers to support local milk producers.

The SNP’s Christian Allard is contacting supermarkets urging them to sell locally-produced milk in the Year of Food and Drink.

Mr Allard’s move comes as a combination of rising supply and falling demand puts pressure on milk prices.

He said: “Dairy farming is an integral part of farming here in the North-east and it is particularly important that we support our milk producers in these challenging times.

“Making the best of our local larder is an important part of making Scotland a Good Food Nation.

“Supermarkets have an important role to play in this and selling locally produced milk would be a good place to start.

“It would give producers the opportunity to provide for the community and, in turn, the community would have the chance to support their local producer.”

A Holyrood committee has launched an inquiry to see what can be done to help dairy farmers.