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Farmers take milk prices protest to Stormont

By John Mulgrew

Published 04/09/2015

Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Ulster Farmers protest at Storming this lunchtime Farmers, processors and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O'Neil speaks to disgruntled farmers outside Stormont. Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Farming Protestors wave their placards outside Stormont. Picture Matt Bohill. PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2015
Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Ian Marshall president of the Irish Famers Union. Picture Matt Bohill.PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2015
Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Colm Gibson, a beef and sheep farmer makes his point with a placard outside Stormont. Picture Matt Bohill. PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2015
Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Protestor Christine Richie makes her feelings clear outside Stormont. Picture Matt Bohill. PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2015
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O'Neil speaks to disgruntled farmers outside Stormont. Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker PressEdwin Poots listens intently to the speeches outside Stormont. Picture Matt Bohill. PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2015
Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Farmers protest their annoyance outside Stormont. Picture Matt Bohill. PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2015
Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. John Warnock, Jim Goudy, James Coulter, Sam Chesney and James Brown protest at how their different forms of farming have been affected. Piocture Matt Bohill. PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2015
Farmers, processers and retailers have held a protest at Stormont to highlight volatility in prices. It was organised by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and comes ahead of Monday's key EU farm ministers summit on the crisis in the dairy industry. Joy Rolson and jane Rolson, Dairy and poultry farmers protest outside Stormont. Picture Matt Bohill. PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2015
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Northern Ireland's Department of Rural Development Michelle O'Neill addresses the protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. DUP MEP Diana Dodds pictured at the protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Famers and producers from all sections of the food producing industry hold protest at Stormont regarding the ongoing crisis concerning the price of food. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Farmers from throughout Northern Ireland are set to bring their protest over milk prices to Stormont today.

Those in the dairy industry have claimed they will be put out of business if they aren't paid higher prices for their milk.

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Farmers protest at Stormont over falling food prices  

Earlier this year Dale Farm boss David Dobbin told the Belfast Telegraph the dairy industry faced one of the "most challenging markets" in recent history. The demonstration today is being led by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU).

Its president Ian Marshall said people in Northern Ireland "understand the importance of a vibrant food industry to the local economy".

"Our aim is to make sure this message is heard in Brussels," he said.

"As a body the UFU never has and will not engage directly in mainstream politics. However, over this issue the Government at Westminster and the devolved administration here, in Scotland and in Wales have very different views of what the industry need."

The action comes days before ministers are set to meet in Brussels to discuss concerns among the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland and across the UK.

The latest action has been supported by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, whose chief executive Stephen McCully said with a "strong membership across the agri-food industry" it "continues to be a key driver of the local economy delivering export-led economic growth for the region". He added: "It is worth £4.5bn and employs almost 100,000 people.

"However, in recent weeks dairy farmers have warned that they are facing their worst crisis in decades and other agri-food sectors are impacted upon.

"To make matters worse, our exporters are also struggling with a euro historically weak against sterling."

"It's a simple message; no farmers, no food," says UFU President Ian Marshall as he stands in front of empty shelves. pic.twitter.com/8G3kz5i8BT

— Rachel Martin (@raquellemartin) September 4, 2015

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