Country News

Milk levy supported by big supermarkets

By Alana Christensen

Australia's two major supermarkets will put a levy of 10 cents a litre on a special drought relief milk, with Woolworths the first to announce their plans early Thursday morning.

Coles came under fire for not also introducing a levy, before announcing it would join fellow grocery giant Woolworths in offering the drought range.

"I rang retailers three weeks ago and asked them to consider a voluntary levy for our farmers and I'm rapt they've come to the party," Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said.

Until the new drought relief range hits the shelves, Woolworths has increased its existing three litre milk from $3 to $3.30 in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria.

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