‘Significant market concentration’: Australian farming lobby calls for poultry industry code of conduct

Producers have a ‘genuine fear’ of challenging unfair contracts due to a lack of competition, the National Farmers Federation says

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Australia’s peak farming body has accused chicken processors of “serious and deplorable” behaviour toward producers and called for a mandatory code of conduct, in a lengthy report on ways to increase market transparency and improve competition in the sector.

The National Farmers Federation report, released on Tuesday, said there was “significant market concentration” in the sector and identified a widespread misuse of market power by major chicken processors at the expense of producers.

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