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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Report and Government response published
This summer has seen direct action by farmers in protest over falling dairy and meat prices. Farmers have blockaded milk distribution centres and even brought cattle into supermarkets. For many farmers, falling prices paid for their products, including wheat, lamb, beef and pigmeat, are leading to an uncertain future.
Changing global markets and national conditions have made prices volatile. Policies of EU, UK Government, and individual retailers and processors have a significant impact on prices paid, while consumer choices also shape markets. The Committee wishes to inquire into the impact of these and other factors on farmgate prices, and measures that could be taken to improve prospects for the agriculture industry.
Evidence given by Tim Smith, Tesco Group Quality Director, Tesco, Alex Brown, Interim Fresh Trading Director, Morrisons, and Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury's Brand, Sainsbury's.
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee to publish Special Report on 19 May 2016