The Tenant Farmers Association has welcomed the news that the
Competition Commission is to recommend that the Office of Fair
Trading should establish an ombudsman’s scheme to adjudicate
in disputes between supermarkets and their suppliers.
TFA Chief Executive George Dunn said, “For many years the
TFA has been campaigning for a statutory code of practice and an
ombudsman to regulate the relationship between supermarkets and
suppliers of farm produce in particular. It is great news that
this now seems likely to become a reality”.
“Over the years we have been become increasingly concerned
about the dominant role played by supermarkets in the supply chain
between farm and fork. Whilst it can be argued that consumers have
benefited in the short term through low prices for food on supermarket
shelves, the long term position is more worrying. Many farmers
have been forced out of business because they are unable to produce
food to the high animal welfare and environmental standards required
of them at the prices the supermarkets have been willing to pay.
Livestock and dairy farmers have been particularly badly hit in
"At a time when consumers are demanding more local food
with guarantees of provenance, the relationship between the retailers
and the suppliers will have to change. I hope that the new ombudsman
will play a leading role in that respect” said Mr Dunn.
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