Fairtrade must begin at home to help our dairy farmers
Last updated at 12:33, Tuesday, 24 July 2012
It didn’t ought to be so difficult. Why waste more time in argument? A farmer whose business is to produce milk has to be able to make his business pay.
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Coming from a farming background and being a agricultural contractor/ farmer myself it really annoys me when people go on about subsidies! We are paid the subs to keep/manage the countryside etc in a tidy presentable state! Stop the subs and stuff and things like cutting hedges, maintenance etc will stop! Then well see who the people complaining will be a bet you its the people twining about the subsidies in the first spot!
The EU farming subsidy system, originally designed to prevent large fluctuations in the price of basic foodstuffs but subsequently hijacked by politically powerful European farmers to guarantee prices above the long-term market equilibrium, has long since outlived its usefulness. The time has come to remove subsidies completely. After all, how many other industries expect subsidies as a basic right? Over-production, of course, helped by surging yields, hasn't done them any favours, but it's not as if this is news. As Shakespeare wrote several centuries ago: "Here's a farmer who hang'd himself on the expectation of plenty". No, let's scrap the subsidies and give farmers the ability to take responsibility for their own destiny. Forming supplier cooperatives to counteract the concentrated power of the supermarkets is an obvious start.
Lets have a level playing field, stop paying farmers subsidies. I'm fed up of hearing how hard done by they are, yeah right ! Driving around in Â£50k + motor vehicles 500k houses plus the land they farm. I'm all for paying the going rate for milk etc but I don't see why I should subsidise their extravagant life styles!!!