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Farmers sow only distrust by overcharging the public

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 27/07/2016

This newspaper has consistently highlighted the plight of farmers who are forced to sell their produce to supermarkets are unprofitable rates. We therefore have to applaud celebrity chef Paula McIntyre, who has accused one farm shop of charging her £7 for seven small turnips.

She is a staunch defender of farmers getting a proper price for their crops, but she spoke out in this instance because she felt she, not they, were being ripped off.

Farming can be a tenuous livelihood and farmers should be given fair prices by the supermarkets. But they will damage their own case if they overcharge when selling directly to the public.

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