Welsh farming representatives have come away from a meeting with Tesco buyers feeling greatly encouraged by their frankness.

Farmers’ Union of Wales president Gareth Vaughan said he had put farmers’ concerns on falling profitability and sustainability to the retailer in Cardiff last week.

Chairman and Welsh Assembly member, Glyn Davies said: “No one pretends that one meeting can resolve the present difficulties facing farming in Wales but we are all sufficiently encouraged to agree that similar meetings should take place in the future.”

“The Tesco team was entirely open and direct about what the international trading market and the company’s customers will demand of themselves and of farmers in the future – while the farming unions were equally open and direct about the need for their members to have a fair return.

“I firmly believe that farmers and the supermarkets need each other.

“There will inevitably continue to be a normal business tension between retailers and producers but I was greatly encouraged by the recognition on all sides of the interdependence that underpins the relationship between them.”