A consultation has been opened on the future of the UK Agricultural Policy post Brexit. This Policy is referred to by DEFRA as the following;
‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit' sets out the government's ambitions for farming in England and seeks the views of all readers on its proposals.'
Brexit is set to trigger perhaps the most important shake up and change to the UK Agricultural Policy and Government support which the Agricultural industry has received for the past 40 years. Farmers, landowners, tenants and those working in the industry and all related sectors should certainly take the time to take part in the DEFRA consultation process. The consultation was launched on the 27th February (and closes on the 8th May) and aims to obtain views from the sector, wider public and other interested parties.
This is a crucially important opportunity to influence the Government Policy for years to come and all in the sector should take part – as opposed to leaving it solely to special interest groups and those outside the sector that may have different objectives to present. It is important that the views of the 470,000 people that are directly employed in UK Agriculture (3.9m in UK food and drink), and depend on a profitable UK Agricultural sector for their livelihoods are conveyed and considered.
The NFU are seeking responses from the sector by holding a series of meetings to obtain industry wide engagement in order to formulate the NFU’s position. We would encourage your participation in this. Please find the scheduled NFU meeting dates here.
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