Dairy Contracts (Aberdeenshire)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 7th November 2019.

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Photo of Peter Chapman Peter Chapman Conservative

I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business.

Is the First Minister aware of the serious situation facing 14 dairy farmers in Aberdeenshire? They comprise the bulk of the dairy industry north of Aberdeen, and they have been told by their milk buyer, Müller, that they have one year to find a new buyer, after which their contracts will cease. There is no obvious processor to take up the contracts. Are there any plans to help those farmers?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Yes, we will do everything we can to give assistance to those farmers. I can well understand their anxiety and concern at that development. I will ask the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy to make contact with the member and, by extension, with the farmers, to ensure that the Scottish Government is offering whatever assistance we can.