The farming industry has made fresh calls to dairy processors to explain why they are not increasing prices to farmers, despite a new surge in global markets and the continuing weakness of sterling.“What I am saying is a twist on the old adage to put up or shut up,” Ulster Farmers Union president, Barclay Bell explained.“In this case, if they continue not to put up, in terms of higher prices, there is no justification for shutting up. They need to explain to farmers, whether they are members of a cooperative or not, why they are refusing to increase prices to reflect the better returns they are receiving,” said Mr BellFarming unions have said the case for an increase was put beyond question this week by the big increase in the Fonterra auction price in New Zealand.

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