Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

More free school milk ‘would help hard-hit farmers’

Giving schoolchildren more free milk will improve the health of the next generation while also providing a timely boost to the struggling dairy farming industry, an Assembly member has claimed.

George Savage has called on Stormont’s Departments of Agriculture and Education to work together to make more milk available in Northern Ireland schools.

The Ulster Unionist said the Executive could access EU subsidies to help it increase pupils’ access to dairy products.

At present only one in six schoolchildren gets free milk every day, he claimed.

The Upper Bann representative, a farmer himself, said the dairy industry was on its knees.

He said they were currently getting only 19p per litre they produced — 7p less than farmers in Britain.

“Simple economics dictates that when there is an excess of a particular commodity its price will go down,” he said.