[14 August/ NZ Herald]

The National Union of Farmers has called for an emergency summit in London as part of its campaign that highlights the difficulties farmers are facing from low food and milk prices. National Union of Farmers President, Meurig Raymond asked for a meeting with ministers to discuss the plight of both dairy and livestock farmers. The union has also called on supermarket chains to follow their peers by putting in place a pricing mechanism that supports farmers, by ensuring they are paid an amount above the price of production. Arla Head of Milk and Services, Ash Amirahmadi dismissed attempts by the union to target retailers’ margins and blamed the farmers’ plight on the global milk price crisis. The National Union of Farmers summit will also highlight the drop in meat prices.