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Farmers protest at Stormont over falling food prices

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

Hundreds of people have attended a Stormont protest about falling food prices.

Some dairy farmers have said they face going out of business if the amount they are paid for milk does not rise.

They have held protests at supermarkets to show their frustration that they are paid less than the cost of production.

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill said: "The fact that farmers, processors, feed merchants, the Agri-Food Strategy Board and others are represented here shows the depth of concern right along the supply chain.

"This mobilisation sends a powerful message to the European Commission, and indeed the British government, that we are not prepared to stand by and watch our most important industry collapse."

The Ulster Farmers' Union organised the demonstration to highlight the impact the crisis is having on the entire agri-food economy.

The minister said: "We share a common concern about the fall in prices and how that translates into prices below the cost of production, the effect on business profitability and the direct impact that this is having on farmers and their families.

"I am doing everything I can at a political and practical level to support the industry through the current crisis."

The global dairy crisis has been caused by a Russian ban on imports, reduced demand from China, adverse exchange rates and increased milk production in some countries.

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