Farmer Says Raising Milk Prices Won't Help Fight The Drought

Marco Green
September 22, 2018

'Coles and our customers have already committed nearly $12 million to drought relief, including $5 million from the Coles Nurture Fund to assist drought affected farmers, ' the spokesperson said.

A furious farmer has slammed the supermarkets for not doing enough as both Coles and Woolworths announce a milk levy to help drought-hit workers.

Today, Woolworths and Coles announced they will increase milk prices by 10 cents a litre, and give that money to drought affected dairy farmers.

Following in Woolworths' footsteps, Coles later confirmed it too would add a 10 cent per litre levy, with prices increasing from Thursday until the end of the year.

Writing on the Facebook page for Tommerup's Dairy Farm, in Kerry, QLD, the dairy farmer pleaded with customers to sign a petition aimed at pressuring supermarkets to increase prices by 10 centre per litre, which would go directly into the pockets of struggling farmers. It said it would also increase its 3L Own Brand milk from $3 to $3.30 in all states from Thursday until the end of the year.

'Coles has always supported our Aussie farmers. The milk price increase is its latest effort to help dairy farmers in this time of drought.

The moves by the big supermarkets is a win for Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, who early this month said $1 milk had devalued milk, and that he supported "the principle of a temporary levy" of 10¢ a litre on milk sales with the money "to go directly to farmers".

Joe Bradley, a Queensland dairy farmer, said the 10 cent milk levy was just a small step to helping farmers affected by the drought. "But to take a drought and all the stories that we hear coming out of that, to bring them to this point, I think is a sad commentary on their (the two biggest supermarkets) approach to this issue", he said.

The milk will be available in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria from mid-October "to help provide short-term relief".

Mr Morrison said yesterday that dealing with immediate drought relief was his top priority, as well as ensuring communities can recover and rebuild.

Woolworths Director of Fresh Food Paul Harker said customers were asking the supermarket giant to help farmers during the hard times.

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