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FARMS WARN OF MILK BLOCKADE.

Byline: STEPHEN HAYWARD

DAIRY farmers yesterday threatened to stage a 48-hour tanker blockade over cuts to milk prices.

Supermarkets and processors have until August 1 to think again about a 2p-a-litre reduction, which producers say could put them out of business.

Farmers warn that if they are driven out of the market milk stocks will dwindle and prices will go up for consumers.

Campaign group Farmers for Action said: "The plan is to blockade the tankers. A tanker will go to a farm from a processor, fill up with milk, and find he will be unable to leave the farm.

"We'll hold it up for 48 hours. If the milk has to be dumped, so be it."

Plans for a blockade could potentially threaten supplies to supermarkets across the entire country.

It follows a protest at Westminster last week by 2,500 farmers angry at industry bigwigs who blame a fall in the value of cream for the price cuts.

But Farmers for Action spokesman Andrew Hemming said: "For the retailers and processors, the clock is ticking."
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