Co-ops needs to show solidarity with hard pressed farmers by not dropping the price of milk, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Senator Tim Lombard said: “I am urging processors to show some solidarity with our farmers who have been deeply affected by the fodder crisis.
“Last month a number of processors decreased the milk price. The Co-ops are meeting next week to set the price for milk sold in March.
“I have been speaking with farmers from around the country and there is concern there will be a drop in price next month too. Farmers are particularly hard pressed right now with a lot of their cash tied up with purchasing fodder.
“The measures introduced by Minister Creed last week will alleviate some of the pressures on farmers, now the Co-ops need to play their part too.
“I hope that the Co-ops listen carefully to what farmers are saying,” the Fine Gael Senator said.