Progress made in milk dispute
That’s how chairperson of the Dairy Farmers Representative Committee, Annette Beckett, described developments in the long-standing quota dispute between milk producers and the Pine Hill Dairy.
The dairy was scheduled to cut the farmers’ milk quota by 42 per cent from February 1, but following a recent meeting with the committee, it decided instead to stick with a previous 25 per cent reduction.
This is seen as buying precious time for the struggling producers, who believe 42 per cent would compound their already high operating costs, resulting in possible laying off of workers or closures.
Beckett told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, that the farmers’ representative body would now have to meet once again with the dairy around the middle of this month, to determine what happens in the coming months.
She also noted that milk sales were on the increase, “because the PHD was now doing what it was supposed to – marketing the product”.
The milk farmer saw all these developments as a tremendous step forward. (EJ)†††