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Milk price draft deal agreed

Dairy farmers have agreed in principle to a voluntary code of practice with milk processors, after a series of protests at the cuts to the price they are paid for their milk.

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'Robust code of practice' needed for milk prices

At tonight's meeting there was recognition from all three Ministers that there is an imbalance in the supply chain. It was clear that the preference of all three Ministers is for a robust code of practice which will deliver transparency in milk pricing and a fair price for our milk producers. But there was also acceptance that legislation remained an option if necessary.

The success of the code will of course be whether we find ourselves back in same position in next few months and it is important the code delivers a long-term solution to this unfair and emotive issue - not a quick-fix. The UK Government also agreed to explore a possible role for the new Groceries Code Adjudicator in this issue.

– Richard Lochhead, Scotland's Farming Minister

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