from Gareth Vaughan, president, Farmers’ Union of Wales

Sir; There is an urgent need for legislation to protect the rights of farmers and other suppliers against the overwhelming might of the supermarket giants.
The fact that Tesco now accounts for £3 of every £10 spent in the grocer sector is a cause for concern and the FUW has, for a number of years, called for legislation to ensure that the large supermarket chains deal fairly with all of their suppliers.
As the power of supermarkets increased year on year the government must take action to protect the rights of increasingly vulnerable suppliers, including farmers. The code of practice is inadequate and the FUW has
always insisted that we need legislation to protect the rights of suppliers. Unless effective legislation is introduced, the growing power of supermarkets means suppliers’ margins will continue to be squeezed to guarantee even greater profits for shareholders of the chains.