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Farmers may turn to court

Dairy farmer Sir Charles Williams (second left) making a point at the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) meeting of dairy farmers yesterday. (At left) is president of the Dairy and Beef Producers Association, Brian Adam; at third left is farmer representative Annette Beckett and (fourth left) is BAS president James Paul. (Picture by George Alleyne.)

Sat, December 29, 2012 - 12:08 AM

Pine Hill Dairy (PHD) could be facing court action if it continues with plans to halve the amount  of milk bought from dairy farmers.

This is the intent emerging from a Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) meeting yesterday, at which representatives of the island’s 17 dairy farms expressed outrage at  a notice by PHD of plans to cut by 43 per cent the amount of milk it buys from them come Tuesday.

Meeting at the society’s headquarters at The Grotto  on Beckles Road, St Michael,  some farmers said they would  file injunctions if the BAS board  did not.

The meeting was punctuated  by accusations of Pine Hill Dairy favouring outside suppliers of powdered milk over local fresh milk, and there being a sinister plot against the local industry. (GA)

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 10 months ago
There is a LOT more in this "mortar", than milk! Just nestle-up closer, to understand. Or ask our big-mout politicos to please speak-up. Yuh tink Trinnies easy?

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 10 months ago
Should Government now subsidise dairy farmers?
- to not-produce milk?
...or to buy up a whole *milk mountain* like how Europe does?

We can afford that, can't we?
VAT at 20%? .....soon?

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Posted by suzanne burke-chandler 1 year, 10 months ago
I am backing the farmers this craziness Pine Hill Dairy
PHD wanted the milk farmers to give them milk, they work hard to satisfy PHD although mind you the stealing of cows and the high price of feed, not to mention more security measures to keep their cows safe.

Then PHD they introduce new system and new machines so that the milk have more shelf life.

But instead of keeping the milk cartons at the same size as before, they shrink the 1 litre box (that's how it look to me) done away with the larger carton that you had in the pass, which of course Barbadians would have preferred, carry up the price of the milk, then!! introduce half litre, that cost just as much as the 1 litre.

Now when you carry the 1 litre milk price the way it is people are not going to buy it like how they used too they are going to look for cheaper milk to used.

The price needs to come down period!!!
I had observed at the big leading supermarkets, that they have large quantity of 1 litre milk on their hands then they have to sell it buy one and get one free cause when u look closer at the date of expiration it only have a week to go!!!

PHD drop your price and you will see your money in your pockets and not crying out. Home drums beats first I always hear if you beat home drums first you will reap the sweet and the farmers as well would reap remember with out them you lose, people prefer fresh milk not substitute milk powders

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