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Dairy Farming: Government Assistance

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to assist dairy farmers during the economic downturn. (278322)

The Government are helping the dairy industry help itself adjust to some of the challenges it faces, for example through the Dairy Supply Chain Forum. The forum is engaged in an extensive programme of work, looking at issues including barriers to innovation, supply and demand, as well as efficiency at farm level.

The future prospects for the dairy industry are encouraging, and growth in global demand is expected to return. The UK is well placed to take advantage of this. The British dairy sector is fundamentally sound and the efficiency improvements, innovation and investment in new products mean that in the medium to long term, the sector can do very well.