NFU president Peter Kendall urges united action on abuse of power

The abuse of power by supermarkets is an international problem and an international approach is required to deal with it, NFU president Peter Kendall told the annual North American and EU Agricultural Conference in Warsaw last week.

He called on farming organisations across the EU and North America to campaign for tough and effective measures to deter and punish such abuse.

Pointing to the NFU's prolonged campaign for an independent adjudicator to monitor and punish supermarkets that exploit their dominant position with suppliers in the UK, he said: "We are probably ahead of the rest of Europe in prescribing the medicine to deal with retailer abuse, but that it is only because we are also ahead in the extent of the problem we are facing."

He added that work by pan-European farming body COPA to develop an EU-wide code of practice complements the work the NFU has been doing in the UK. "We will continue to support that, using the lessons we have learned from our own experience," he maintained.

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