Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis has congratulated Minister David Littleproud after Woolworths today announced a special range of drought relief milk.
“I met with Woolworths recently and we discussed the need for urgent support for our dairy farmers. I welcome this announcement by Woolworths” Mrs Sudmalis said. For 1 litre of milk sold, 10c will be provided. For 2 litres of milk, 20c will be provided and for 3 litres of milk, 30c will be provided to our dairy farmers. “Woolworths have advised me that from mid-October 2018, this limited edition milk range will provide relief to drought stricken farmers. The drought relief committee will provide independent oversight to ensure an extra 10c per litre reaches our dairy farmers”. The supermarket will work with its own brand fresh milk suppliers who source milk from drought affected regions to setup a drought relief oversight committee. This committee, which will include an independent auditor and dairy industry representation, will ensure the extra 10 cents per litre paid to suppliers is distributed to dairy farmers. “Our farmers deserve better pay for their milk.” Until the new drought relief range hits the shelves, Woolworths has increased its existing three litre milk from $3 to $3.30 in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria to ensure relief starts flowing through to dairy farmers as quickly as possible. In 2018, an ACCC report stated the farmers were at a disadvantage because processors had greater access to market information. “The Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud has worked with Woolworths to secure this. I thank Minister Littleproud and my local dairy farmers for helping me take the fight to Canberra. I now call on Coles, ALDI and IGA to follow suite and match Woolworths.” said Mrs Sudmalis.