South Holland NFU's Andrew Cross on Storm Dennis and the DEFRA shake-up
Forgive the rather flippant title but it struck me as pertinent at the present time.
At the time of writing, Storm Ciara has blown through causing significant damage and disruption and I have just read the first warnings of Storm Dennis, which is forecasted to arrive in the UK only a week later and promises to bring further storms and substantial rainfall to many areas of the country.
These events come after one of the wettest autumn and winter periods in recent memory leading to floods to the north of our area and a massive impact on the land around South Holland which readers cannot fail to have noticed.
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Those within the farming and growing sectors are facing significant current and future challenges as a result of these natural events and it is important to both recognise these challenges and to ensure that they are understood at a governmental level.
Against this backdrop, the latest ministerial shake up has resulted in a new Secretary of State at Defra with George Eustice MP replacing Theresa Villiers MP at the helm.
The new incumbent has significant experience within the department and is himself from an agricultural background, qualities which will be essential in navigating the path ahead for the industry which is so important to our local communities.
The NFU continues to work with its members both locally and nationally in striving to ensure a positive future for all the farming and growing sectors which contribute to such a large extent to the national economy and upon which so many communities rely.