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VVF’s campaign will push supermarkets to stock Aussie fruit

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The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) will be launching a campaign which will pressure supermarkets to use Aussie fruit in their private label tinned, plastic and snack pack lines.

The VFF’s annual conference which took place last week, concluded that both the VFF and the National Farmers Federation (NFF) will aim to strengthen Aussie farmers’ competitive edge against supermarkets and imports by seeking amendments in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

As reported by the Weekly Times Now, VFF horticulture president, Sue Finger said that farmers are not adequately protected under the current legislation.

"Current legislation clearly fails to adequately define unconscionable conduct and unfair contract terms,'' Finger said.

"It also fails to prevent predatory pricing and other anti-competitive behaviours.

"The VFF and NFF need to be part of this review if the Coalition wins power on September 14.''

Along with the push to strengthen legislation, the group also passed the following resolutions:

  • The reinstatement of the Small Business and General Business tax breaks to aid businesses during economic downturns – Similar to the government’s GFC inspired tax reduction programs
  • The Amendment of the definition of a small business from an annual turnover of $2m to $5m – Finger says that although farm businesses are growing, their margins are remaining low 
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