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Deeping St Nicholas man raises concerns for South Holland family farms

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Concerns have been raised that the traditional family farm could be under threat.

Deeping St Nicholas farmer Chris Carter fears for the future of small family farms which were once the backbone of agriculture.

A number of plots have come to the market including in Spalding and Gedney Hill.

Concerns have been raised about family farms
Concerns have been raised about family farms

Mr Carter said that farms are facing increasing pressures with some farmers making just £10,000 a year.

He said: “Fertiliser and spray costs have become so high that the whole job has become less and less viable for the family farm.

“Small family farm are under threat - and that is exactly what is happening.

“It is extremely sad if what was the backbone of the UK farming industry is being forced out by agricultural businesses. I am not saying they are wrong as they have a vital function to play.”

Christopher Shallice of Hix and Son in Holbeach has reported that the market is good at the moment.

The countryside charity, CPRE, is calling on the Government to introduce a comprehensive land use strategy to protect food security and meet housing demands.

The charity’s food security research found almost 14,500 hectares of the best agricultural land has been developed since 2010.

Chief Executive Crispin Truman said: “As we face a cost-of-living crisis, housing crisis and the adjustment of our farming sector to post-Brexit subsidies, we have multiple, critical priorities for our land. We need to move away from intensive farming practices and towards a more ‘multifunctional’ approach, reconciling food production with better management for natural and cultural heritage, and for public access. Policies which are put in place now will be crucial in the coming years.”

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