Dairy Connect and NSW Drought Relief committee member Shaughn Morgan has welcomed an extension by Woolworths of the drought relief milk range.
This comes as the supermarket chain announced the milk will continue to be on sale on the eastern seaboard while it works with the dairy industry on longer-term reform measures.
Mr Morgan said the extension is key to providing ongoing support to drought affected farmers.
“We’re grateful Woolworths has listened to Dairy Connect’s representations on behalf of dairy producers and extended the sale of their drought relief milk range,” Mr Morgan said.
“While many producers have welcomed recent rain storms, the impact of drought persists as dairy farming families and communities move into the New Year."
Woolworths Fresh Food director Paul Harker said the effects of drought remain a daily struggle for dairy farmers.
“The drought is far from over and neither is our drought relief milk effort.
“The fourth monthly payment was distributed to dairy farmers last week and more relief is on the way.
“We want to find a pathway to a more sustainable dairy industry over the long term and will continue to engage closely with industry to this end over the coming months,” Mr Harker said.
The drought relief range has provided $4.5 million in payments to more than 285 drought affected dairy farmers in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
It first hit the shelves in October 2018 and was set to run through until at least January 2019.
The limited-edition range offers customers the option to buy Woolworths Full Cream and Woolworths Lite Milk varieties at $2.20 for two litres and $3.30 for three litres.
The extra 10 cents paid on each litre of milk is distributed in full to drought affected dairy farmers.