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Farmers complain retail chains are continuing their old practices

Retail chains in Slovakia are trying hard to cast doubt on the justification for the law on "inappropriate conditions" in business relations and to avoid observing this law, which will come into force on January 1, 2009, said Slovak Agriculture and Food Chamber (SPPK) deputy chairman Dušan Janíček.

Retail chains in Slovakia are trying hard to cast doubt on the justification for the law on "inappropriate conditions" in business relations and to avoid observing this law, which will come into force on January 1, 2009, said Slovak Agriculture and Food Chamber (SPPK) deputy chairman Dušan Janíček.

Janíček said that retail chains continue to apply their old practices, such as ignoring contractually agreed payment deadlines and rejecting supplier's comments towards supplier-retail chain contracts, the SITA newswire wrote. As well, retail chains force farmers and food processing companies to claim in their press releases that business relations have always been based on a voluntary principle of on mutually favourable terms, he said.

Janíček believes that suppliers from the agricultural sector are intimidated into issuing such press statements out of fear that the retail chains will terminate the co-operation. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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