Move for farmers' fair deal
Thursday 04 February 1999
Nick Brown, the Minister of Agriculture, said at the National Farmers' Union (NFU) annual conference at the Hilton Hotel in London that a situation where farmers and growers were selling their produce at prices that did not cover their costs was "not sustainable".
Mr Brown said the forum, made up of food experts, supermarkets, farmers and distributors, was a means of tackling tensions and problems affecting "the food chain". The group will include a senior member of the Ministry of Agriculture, the NFU, the Food and Drink Federation, the Britain Retail Consortium and the Institute of Grocery Distribution.
But Asda's chief executive, Allan Leighton, warned: "We don't need a code of conduct. The code that exists within businesses is one of common sense, and if that was changed it would sound failure for us all."
A spokesman for the Tesco chain welcomed the new group, but added: "We would have to be very careful with any attempt to rig the price in a free market."
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 3 Dear 'The Sun', breast cancer isn't sexy
- 4 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 5 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...