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‘Scarecrows’ protest outside UK Parliament as MP’s debate supermarkets’ treatment of farmers

British farmers are calling on MPs to support tougher regulations to protect them from “unfair” treatment by the “big six” supermarkets.

As Josie Clarke reports for PA Wire, a protest by dozens of ‘scarecrows’ outside Parliament on Monday comes as MPs are set to debate reforms to the grocery supply chain after more than 110,000 people signed a petition pressing the Government to overhaul the grocery supply code of practice.

Veg box firm Riverford Organic, which initiated the petition, said the scarecrows standing outside Parliament represented fruit and vegetable farmers who claim it is likely they will go out of business in the next 12 months, with many blaming supermarkets’ buying practices as a threat to their livelihoods.

Guy Singh-Watson, the founder of Riverford Organic, said: “British agriculture is on its knees. The livelihoods of our farmers are being laid to waste. …Our 49 scarecrows outside Parliament illustrate the 49% of farmers on the brink of leaving our industry, and I hope this hammers home to those in power the sheer scale of the problem and the urgent need for change.”

Source: PA Wire. Read the full story and watch a video here
Photo: Credit David Parry/PA

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