West Midlands MEP Anthea was at the Royal Three Counties Show today to canvass opinion on trading relationships between farmers and retailers.

Miss McIntyre is lead negotiator for her political group, the European Conservatives and Reformists, for proposed EU legislation on unfair trading practices by major food retailers.

She has a stall at the show, held at the show ground in Great Malvern, and on Friday spoke to a range of farmers, growers, processors and marketers, to hear their views on retailers’ purchasing operations. 

Miss McIntyre, Conservative Agriculture spokesman in the European Parliament, also held a reception to thank figures from farming, academia, conservation, research and engineering who have helped in her two key projects: promoting the application of advanced technology in agriculture, and campaigning for a science-based approach to the regulation of pesticides and herbicides.

She said: “The Royal Three Counties is a fantastic show and a great celebration of agriculture and out rural way of life. It also gives me an opportunity to thank all the people we have worked with over the year.

“It was good to hear from farmers themselves what they think of the deal they get from the major retailers.

“In the UK we have the Grocery Code Adjudicator - a kind of mediator or referee - and that has made a big difference to the way farmers and growers are treated by the big 10 supermarkets.

“I am using the show as an opportunity for some unofficial consultation on the changes or improvements growers would like to see in the Adjudicator’s powers and responsibilities.

“I think our UK system could provide a model for the EU’s new framework so I am keen to hear about its strengths and any weaknesses.”