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Cornish MP: Supermarket Watchdog Closer

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:37pm 2nd May 2012.

A supermarket watchdog to protect Cornish farmers and growers is "not before time".

That is according to the Cornish MP who has been leading a ten year campaign to get a fairer deal for Duchy producers.

St Ives' Andrew George says he is expecting the government to push through a Bill after an announcement in the Queen's speech next week.

Mr George said it can not come soon enough:

"The supermarkets have overwhelming power in dictating market conditions, therefore pushing farmers to the wall. I mean, we want farmer to be much more market sensitive than they have been in the past, but they're not able to be so because the supermarkets have got them in a stranglehold.

"Farmers I think, should at least have a more even playing field. Some of the unfair practices that have been applied by the supermarkets, you know, last moment changes when they've agreed a contract and then they say 'ah, well we now want to sell your potatoes two for the price of one'."

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