Fianna Fáil’s Agriculture spokesperson Éamon Ó Cuiv has said that the publication of a survey this week by Agri Aware, which found that 90% of people want farmers to get a 'fair deal' from supermarkets, is a sign that the government needs to expedite a code of practice for the sector.
“What we need is a statutory code of conduct which will ensure farmers are paid a reasonable price for their goods, and at the same time will guarantee consumers are not paying over the odds for food," said Ó Cuiv. "The Government has been sitting on proposals since it came into office. The fruit and vegetable price war at Christmas highlights the importance of such a code.
"The Government has committed to creating a code of conduct for the retail sector; however Ministers have been slow to publish the necessary legislation. Their procrastination is continuing to put farms at risk, and is having a negative impact on the agriculture sector as a whole."
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