Growers – share your views on the horticulture supply chain

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The NFU is responding to Defra's supply chain review on the horticulture sector and wants to hear from growers to help shape its response.

As promised following the Farm to Fork Summit at Number Ten in May 2023, Defra is currently consulting on fairness in the horticulture supply chain to support British farmers and improve food security. 

Commenting on the review, NFU Horticulture Board chair Martin Emmett said: “I urge all growers to have their say in this government consultation to give us the best chance of enacting much-needed change, including those growers of plants and flowers that supply the major grocery retailers.”

The NFU consulted with members between 16 January – 18 February on their views to feed into its response to Defra's consultation. Grower members are also encouraged to respond to the consultation directly at: GOV.UK | Contractual relationships in the UK fresh produce industry

Further details on the NFU's response will be made available to members once the submission period is closed.

15 December 2023

Defra launches supply chain review

The Government says the review exercise will ‘support British farmers and growers to receive a fair price for their products’ and help to ‘ensure customers have access to high-quality fresh British products’.

The consultation will remain open for ten weeks until 22 February 2024. NFU members are encouraged to share their views and feed into the organisation's response through the survey at the top of this page.

Members can also respond directly to Defra's consultation directly at: GOV.UK | Contractual relationships in the UK fresh produce industry.

For NFU members who would like to respond directly, we have published a detailed explainer and guidance on how to approach the survey. Download: Horticulture fairness in the supply chain consultation – guidance for NFU members

Read the full NFU reaction to the launch at: Have your say on fairness in the fresh produce supply chain

This page was first published on 16 January 2024. It was updated on 19 February 2024.

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  • 15 December 2023: Defra launches long-awaited review aimed at increasing fairness in the fresh produce supply chain.
  • 16 January 2024: NFU encourages feedback from members to feed into its response to Defra's consultation.