Nationals Senator Fiona Nash encourages farmers to give feedback on how the latest supermarket price war on fruit and vegetables will affect them.
“This is another marketing ploy by Coles for commercial gain and it is disappointing that Woolworths has jumped on board. Our farmers are yet again the pawns in the game,” she said.
“Coles is using the excuse of a bumper fruit and vegetable crop to slash prices and that farmers won’t be affected. It must be forced to prove this and show that farm gate prices won’t be impacted in the medium to long term. Likewise for Woolworths.
“I am also concerned about the impact this will have on smaller independent grocers.
“As my colleague and Shadow Agriculture Minister, John Cobb, stated earlier, the Coalition will work closely with industry to monitor the impact of price cuts.
“I also encourage farmers and independent grocers to give feedback on any effect it is having on them directly. My office is happy to forward their feedback onto my Coalition colleagues.”
Senator Nash added the Coalition is committed to a comprehensive review of the competition laws, to ensure farmers and small businesses are protected against anti‑competitive behaviour by big corporates.
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