I remember the time when milk was 12p a pint. That was in 1974. I was a young boy at that time, just having left High School, and I used to enjoy drinking a pint of milk after work each day, sometimes straight from the bottle, at others mixed with milk rose or sherbet. Healthy and delicious.
Today, milk seems about 25p a pint. That is by no means expensive; indeed, milk is still very cheap in England, compared to the wage price inflation, cost of housing, petrol, almost any measure of pricing.
And yet, farmers' existence seems at stake as dairies are having to squeeze prices down.
My suggestion is : On the issue of milk, a common-sense review in pricing should be done by an ad hoc committee, and implemented straight away, so that farmers can retain their livelihood and not be forced to close their businesses. Milk is not expensive, and I feel most customers would not mind paying 10-20 pence extra per 4-pint container.
There ought to be a campaign to encourage people, especially youngsters, to drink more milk. With Nesquick in different flavours, or with rose water, it is a delicious nutritious drink. With a pinch of turmeric (haldi) it is a good antibiotic.
I believe farmers should be given all the support to continue trading, to the betterment of this economy and the good health of the people.