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Farming chiefs to meet Government for dairy crisis talks

Farmers blocked the Tesco distribution centre at Avonmouth on Sunday night. Credit: Farmer for Action

Farming industry leaders will meet with Government ministers today in a bid to thrash out a deal amid the ongoing dairy crisis.

A number of protests have been staged recently by farmers who say milk is being sold in supermarkets for less than it costs to produce.

Supermarkets Asda, Aldi and Morrisons have already agreed to pay farmers more for milk.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss will host a summit with the presidents of four farming unions in central London to discuss further measures to help the industry.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph at the weekend, Ms Truss said: "We need to make sure that our producers are able to meet the challenges they face so that they can capitalise on the growing interest in food provenance, standards and safety to capture more of the market at home and abroad."

European Union rules 'are a problem for UK farmers'

European Union rules on what British farmers must grow are a "problem", the Environment Secretary has said.

Liz Truss said she saw the damaging impact of the Common Agricultural Policy on the UK farming industry "all the time".

Liz Truss said there are 'benefits' and 'serious costs' to being in a single market. Credit: Stephen Rafferty/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Truss told the Sunday Telegraph: "There are benefits to being in a single market, but there are serious costs.

"The three crop rule means that Brussels bureaucrats are going to be deciding what our farmers produce, rather than what consumers want, which is a problem."

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