Farming minister to be quizzed by MPs over dairy prices

The farming minister will be quizzed on the dairy industry by MPs later this afternoon. George Eustice is being brought before the Agricultural Select Committee where he'll be cross-examined on milk prices.

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Farmers fight for a "fair price" for milk

Hundreds of dairy farmers have once again been demonstrating over the price they receive for milk.

400 farmers blocked the entrance to the Morrisons distribution centre in Bridgwater last night (24 August) - this time to highlight their campaign to get a better price for the milk they sell to make cheese.

Today they told ITV News the protests will continue until a fair deal is reached.

You can watch Jonty Messer's report below:

Morrisons says that its statement issued a fortnight ago still stands:

Statement 14.08.2015

We know that the dairy farming community faces a tough winter.

We announced earlier this week that we are creating a new brand of milk Morrisons Milk for Farmers where 10 pence per litre goes back to Arla farmers.

Today, we are also announcing that we will do the same on cheese by creating a Milk for Farmers cheddar cheese priced at a retail premium of 34 pence-a-pack above our standard Morrisons cheddar price to deliver the equivalent of 10p-a-litre back to farmers who supply the milk.

We are also pleased to announce that we are going to increase our offer to our processors for the liquid milk element of our processed fresh milk to a minimum price of 26 pence a litre from later this month and through the winter.

This month, we will continue discussions with our cheese processor about other initiatives that will help their dairy farmers.

We hope that this offer along with the other initiatives we have announced this week will help our suppliers to better support British dairy farmers.

– Morrisons spokesperson

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