Chivers backs minister’s support for ‘struggling dairy farmers’

Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers.  (DERR1111SJ10)
Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers. (DERR1111SJ10)

Sinn Féin Councillor Brenda Chivers has met with agriculture minister Michelle O’Neill, the Ulster Farmers’ Union and local banks in a meeting she says will help struggling dairy farmers.

Speaking after a meeting between Agriculture Minister Miichelle O’Neill, the Ulster Farmers’ Union and six local banks, Cllr. Chivers said: “This is a very challenging time for our dairy farmers with the rapid drop in prices over the last six months.

“As a result of the price drop, many farmers working in the dairy sector have faced cash flow problems, making conditions very difficult for them.

“This, combined with looming tax bills, is causing a great deal of concern among dairy farmers. I welcome the meeting this week between Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill, the Ulster Farmers’ Union and representatives of six local banks.

“The minister secured reassurances from the banks that they will continue to support dairy farmers through this difficult time and will engage directly with those involved in the sector.

“I have also held meetings with dairy farmers and share their concerns about the current challenges facing the industry.

“This is part of Sinn Féin’s ongoing committment to supporting dairy farmers and all those working in agriculture.”