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Struggling farmers want consumers to pay extra for milk

Tom Elliott
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If you drink milk would you be happy to pay extra if it meant helping struggling diary farmers.

Chris Gleeson, president of Farmer Power, supports the idea of shoppers paying an extra 50 cents a litre for milk.

An emergency ‘milk levy’ was one idea backed by dairy farmers and councillors who held a crisis meeting in the south-west Victorian town of Terang on Wednesday night. 

Mr Gleeson says the dairy industry is doing it tough because milk is as cheap as it’s ever been, selling for as little as $1 a litre in the supermarket. 

But farmers production costs continue to increase.

‘If you are going to lose money in business you are not going to continue to do it,’ Mr Gleeson said.

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