Carmichael secures ministerial meeting on Groceries Code Adjudicator concerns for farmers


Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today in Parliament highlighted the rising costs faced by farmers and crofters across Scotland. Mr Carmichael secured a commitment from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland to meet with an NFU Scotland delegation to discuss the work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

Speaking in the House, Mr. Carmichael said:

“Farmers and crofters in all Scotland’s island communities at the moment are facing the perfect storm of massive increases in the costs of fuel and fertilisers, and increased competition on price from imports.

“Does the minister agree that this would be a good time to revisit the work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to ensure that farmers and crofters can get a fair price for their produce, and would he meet with me and a delegation from NFU Scotland to discuss this?”

Iain Stewart MP, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, said:

“I’m delighted to say I’ve made two very pleasurable visits to the right honourable gentlemen’s constituency, and I’ve heard these concerns first-hand. Of course, I’d be delighted to meet with him and the delegation from NFU Scotland and take forward their concerns.”

Reacting after the exchange, Mr Carmichael said:

“I am glad that the minister has agreed to meet with us to discuss the growing challenges faced by farmers and crofters. The Groceries Code Adjudicator was an important step forward in protecting the interests of food producers when it was first established. There are increasing concerns, however, that it is no longer sufficient in maintaining the delicate balance of pricing that keeps farming and crofting viable.

“With the country facing a cost-of-living crisis and inflation running high, it is vital that we ensure a fair deal for farmers and consumers. These are challenging times for everyone and we cannot allow short-term thinking to create a long-term decline in UK agriculture.”


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