MSP Claudia Beamish calls for action over milk crisis

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has called on government ministers to heed the calls of dairy farmers and act to help the industry.

Her call echoes the warnings which have been made by the industry in recent months which has led to farmers seeing the price they receive for their milk fall.

Ms Beamish said: “Just five months ago, the Scottish Government brought forward its dairy action plan which included 25 points which were supposed to help the industry. Yet during the time the situation which the industry is facing is becoming more and more serious.

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“The government need to heed the warnings coming from farmers some of whom have reported that they are having to sell cattle in order to stay afloat. I hope that Richard Lochhead will come forward with greater clarity on how his action plan is being implemented.”