Meurig Raymond

NFU president Meurig Raymond has been re-elected for another two year term.

Pembrokeshire farmer Raymond saw off a challenge by deputy president Minette Batters and Cumbrian farmer Alastair Mackintosh in the bi-annual election, with results announced at the close of the NFU’s 2016 conference in Birmingham today (24 February).

Batters was re-elected to the post of deputy president, while incumbent Guy Smith was returned to his role as vice president of the NFU.

“I’m extremely proud to be re-elected and I’m grateful the membership and NFU Council have supported me in the way they have,” said Raymond.

“We need to build on what has been achieved over the past two years and convince the policy makers, retailers, consumers and society of the importance of food production and British farming and that we, as farmers, can help to grow the rural economy.”

Raymond attacked retailers in his opening speech at this week’s conference for making “scandalous” changes to supply contracts at short notice, and called for for the powers of Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon to be extended throughout the supply chain.

Retailers, despite denying publicly, “were pushing the pain [of the supermarket price war] down to their suppliers and they do it because they think they can”, leading to “ridiculously low prices”, Raymond claimed.