New Body To Promote Fairness In Food Supply Chain To Be Set Up

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The Cabinet is today expected to approve two proposals from  the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue.

A commitment in the programme for government to appoint an Ombudsman for Food is to be partially delivered. 

The proposal is to seek approval to finalise new legislation promoting fairness and transparency in the agricultural and food supply chain.

The legislation which is expected to be in operation this Summer will set up an office to analyse markets and enforce fair trading practice rules.

The title of Ombudsman will not be used and instead the legislation will establish the Office for Fairness and Transparency in the Agri Food Supply Chain.

Separately in response to the issues created by the war in Ukraine the Minister will seek Cabinet approval for a package worth more than €12m to encourage tillage farmers to immediately increase the planting volumes of wheat, oats and barley and other crops requiring little chemical fertiliser.