EFFORTS to improve Britain's potato and horticulture growers' negotiating powers will be made at a summit next month.
The Grower Representative Summit will focus on the processing sector, where a high proportion of crops are supplied on contract.
It will feature a two-hour negotiation workshop on skills and techniques for dealing with contract negotiations, and will include industry speakers. NFU horticulture and potatoes advisor Lee Abbey said: “The NFU’s Catalyst for Change report flagged up the need to better support growers who have a responsibility to negotiate contracts, or act on behalf of a producer group.
“Growers told us that they can sometimes feel dictated to by buyers on pricing decisions, often receive contracts very late in the season and would like more guidance on developing clear and transparent pricing formulas.”
The NFU’s horticulture and potatoes board chairman Sarah Dawson said the “challenging” season had raised issues. She said: “Now is the perfect time to re-evaluate how growers deal with customers and take a closer look at contracts we sign, and the way they are negotiated.
The event is at NFU head office on Wednesday, February 13.