Dairy farmers call for action after downturn

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DAIRY farmers have called for flexibility on a £420m rescue package amid a global market downturn.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU), based in Petersfield, welcomed the announcement from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan that the money – €500m in euros – is being made available to EU dairy farmers to compensate for the global market downturn.

The UK will receive more than £25m – the third highest share in the EU.

Michael Oakes, NFU dairy board chairman, said daily deliveries for the last two weeks of June were nine per cent lower than the same period last year.

He added: ‘It’s essential that the commission comes forward as soon as possible with the details on the conditions around the financial support. The UK government must be given flexibility to decide how this money is used.’