Striving to ensure interests of farmers at the forefront of new Government's thoughts
It would be very difficult, in recent weeks, not to have perceived a “change of gear” at the higher echelons in Westminster.
The cabinet, led by the new Prime Minister, appear very energetic in promoting their respective policy commitments.
Being mindful of this, the National Farmers Union continue to strive to ensure the interests of farmers, growers and associated industries are kept at the forefront of the new administration’s minds.
NFU president Minette Batters personally contacted both Boris Johnson following his election and Theresa Villiers, the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, following her appointment.
In both instances, the importance of ensuring a smooth and orderly departure from the EU was stressed.
Five additional policy priorities for the new government to consider were highlighted:
The NFU continue to strive to ensure the interests of farmers, growers and associated industries are kept at the forefront of the new administration’s minds
- Stimulating farm business competitiveness and innovation.
- Rising to the challenges of tackling climate change.
- Promoting our high food standards through trade policy.
- Ensuring an adequate supply of labour.
- A long term budgetary commitment for food and farming.
All of these priorities have a direct impact on the future for food and farming in South Holland and the surrounding areas.
The local economy is heavily reliant on our farmers, growers and those associated industries, such as processing, packing and logistics.
Andrew Cross, group secretary, South Holland NFU branch