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Local honey producer packs and distributes his own product to avoid supermarket strong arm tactics

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A local honey producer on the South Coast who's thrown his support behind increasing the farm gate milk price says his industry faced a similar situation a number of years ago to what dairy farmers are up against today.

The pressure is on for Coles and Woolworths to increase the price of their discounted milk beyond $1 a litre, but so far they refuse to budge despite the local IGA store at Ulladulla charging an extra 10 cents per litre with the money to go back to our farmers.

IGA are also donating 10 cents per litre which means local farmers get an extra 40 cents per 2 litre bottle of milk sold.

Vince Ingold from Pointer Mountain Honey near Ulladulla says, he learned his lesson by packing and distributing his product himself.

"I had to get away from the big commercial shops and go for the little shops ", Mr Ingold said.

"It's the only way I survived, the problem is with the dairy farmers their cost to put in a processing plant is so bloody enormous they can't go down that path", he said.

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