Farmer Says Raising Milk Prices Won't Help Fight The Drought

Gallons of milk in the dairy products section can be seen on Display at a new Wal Mart store in Chicago

Gallons of milk in the dairy products section can be seen on Display at a new Wal Mart store in Chicago

The announcement led to dairy farmers across the nation questioning Coles' radio silence on the issue.

HOURS after Woolworths announced a special drought relief milk and a 10 cents per litre levy, Coles has followed suit with both supermarkets promising the extra money will go directly to struggling Aussie farmers.

Writing on the Facebook page for Tommerup's Dairy Farm, in Kerry, QLD, the dairy farmer pleaded with customers to sign a petition aimed at pressuring supermarkets to increase prices by 10 centre per litre, which would go directly into the pockets of struggling farmers.

Coles said it and its customers had already committed nearly $12 million to drought relief.

Aldi said it did not plan to increase retail milk prices.

Coles came under fire for not also introducing a levy, before announcing it would join fellow grocery giant Woolworths in offering the drought range.

Moreover, the Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud had backed the efforts of a 10 cent a litre drought levy and said this was a win for dairy farmers. Will you be paying the extra money to support dairy farmers?

The remaining cattle on farmer May McKeown's drought-affected property located on the outskirts of the northwestern New South Wales town of Walgett in Australia eat hay

"Our message across the industry has been consistent through that whole period that it wasn't priced as it should be".

The decision adds to the supermarket's ongoing support of Aussie dairy farmers with Coles and its customers already committing nearly $12 million to drought relief, including $5 million from the Coles Nurture Fund.

'Congratulations Woolies but shame on Coles - I've asked them to come talk to me and talk to farmers, they haven't, ' he said.

The milk will be available in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria from mid-October "to help provide short-term relief".

Woolworths Director of Fresh Food Paul Harker said he's proud to be supporting dairy farmers "through this hard time".

But Mr Richardson said it was positive that the devastating impact of the drought had been acknowledged by the supermarkets.

"Many of our customers have told us they want to help and are willing to pay more for their milk to do so", Mr Harker said.

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