Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP and Alan Reid MP met with Kintyre farmers for a kitchen conference and heard about problems facing the dairy industry, First Milk cooperative members and the future development of Campbeltown Creamery.
The kitchen in question belonged to Sandy Pirie, at Machrihanish Farm and over mugs of tea and slices of his wife's fruit loaf the farmers put their case for help for the dairy industry to see it through the current difficult times.
Issues raised were the need for grants towards the modernisation of Campbeltown creamery, a loan for First Milk to see it through its current difficulties, better marketing of Mull of Kintyre Cheese, a ferry fare concession for taking milk from Bute and Gigha to the mainland and extending the powers of the Supermarket Ombudsman.
"Milk is a global commodity," said Alan Reid after the meeting. "Increased production in New Zealand and sanctions against Russia both have their impact. Most analysts say that the long-term future of the dairy industry is bright, but the industry needs help to see it through the current crisis caused by the low farmgate milk price and I will take up the issues raised with UK and Scottish Governments.
“This was a good opportunity for us here in Argyll and Bute to talk to the Scottish Secretary and brief him on what's happening here on the ground, right now."