If the UK milk production sector is to remain competitive it must become more efficient and market-focused. In England, the Government are helping it to do so through a range of measures, including:
(i) our support for English Farming and Food Partnerships (which is promoting collaboration and co-operation between farmers and between farmers and the rest of the food chain);
(ii) the Food Chain Centre (which has been promoting benchmarking and investigating the scope for efficiencies with supply chains); and
(iii) the Dairy Supply Chain Forum (which aims to increase the efficiency and promote the sustainable development of the dairy supply chain).
Defra has also awarded grants of over £1.3 million under the Agriculture Development Scheme to projects that aim help the dairy sector become more efficient. We understand that a strategic action plan for the dairy industry in Wales has been developed to encourage effective measures that will stimulate innovation and product development.