Proposal to abolish UK’s supermarket watchdog
Peter McCann
Role of Groceries Code Adjudicator in UK comes under review as Irish authority ramps up awareness campaign for its role.
29 June 2022 News
Fischler sees room for CAP improvement
Former EU Agriculture Commissioner shares his thoughts on how the CAP could be improved with a midterm review.
22 June 2022 Viewpoints
Editorial: retailer relationship with fruit and veg growers needs investigation
Farmers are voting with their feet by simply exiting the sector – with the area planted to fruit and vegetables down 12% over the past year.
‘Fear factor’ responsible for low farmer complaints on unfair trading
The UTP enforcement authority has yet to open an investigation, the Department has confirmed to the Irish Farmers Journal.
15 June 2022 News
Farmers must unite to ‘force change’ on retailer pricing – Nolan TD
Deputy Carol Nolan, TD for Laois-Offaly, said that farmers must come together to challenge supermarket pricing as input costs continue to rise.
2 June 2022 News
Rules on unfair trading practices do minimum for farmers
UTP legislation is only recognised by half of farmers and doesn’t really tackle the big issue of transparency.
11 May 2022 News
Half of farmers haven’t heard about UTP legislation
UTP legislation is little known by farmers and will apply more to small businesses more than farmers.
6 May 2022 News
Minister to lead seminar on fair trading in the agri-food supply chain
Those interested can attend in-person at the Department’s Backweston campus or via the video stream on 5 May.
27 April 2022 News
Tim Lombard: legislation for office for fairness and transparency feels weak
The remit of this office is narrow and is liable to be seen as weak by industry and ineffective by producers, according to Senator Tim Lombard.
3 April 2022 Opinion
OFT is small step, not a giant leap for farmers
Farmers are not getting an Ombudsman to adjudicate on the factory farmer supply chain and the alternative has to prove its worth.
30 March 2022 News
Minister reminds buyers of unfair trading practice deadline
Buyers of agri-food products have had a year to ensure they are in compliance with UTP regulations.
28 March 2022 News
Cabinet gives green light for food ombudsman
The new office will become the State’s designated authority for enforcing the rules on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural sector.
22 March 2022 News