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One of the country's biggest milk processing firms,which has faced protests and blockades by farmers, has abandoned its plans to cut the price it pays for milk.
Robert Wiseman Dairies has announced it is scrapping plans to cut the price it pays dairy farmers for milk. It is the last of the major milk processors to make an announcement following concerted protests and blockades of its plants by farmers.
It had planned a 1.7 pence per litre price reduction, but now says the price it pays to farmers will not change in August as originally planned.
The Archbishop of York has added his voice to calls for the region's farmers to be paid a fair price for their produce. Dr John Sentamu warned that supermarkets were dangerously failing to value the agricultural industry.
Last night farmers blockaded the Arla milk processing plant in Leeds to protest against continued cuts.
Around five hundred dairy farmers are protesting outside a food processing plant in Leeds tonight. Farmers For Action, who organised the event say they are not being paid a fair price for their milk and want plans for further price cuts at the end of the month to be scrapped.
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The Archbishop of York says supermarkets are not valuing the contribution the agricultural sector makes to national life.