Issues the drought brings
Despite the rain last weekend, the medium term outlook of dry and hot weather continues. The NFU continues to highlight the issues that these conditions bring to the farming and growing industry.
Last week saw the NFU’s Agricultural Drought summit pulling together representatives from across the farming industry and Government officials, including Secretary of State Michael Gove, to highlight the impact the drought is having.
The Secretary of State for Food and the Environment heard first-hand the serious impacts on each of the farming sectors. These included challenges with irrigation, water shortage, heat stress on livestock, crop loss and a shortage of forage for livestock.
NFU President Minette Batters said: “The impacts of the dry and hot weather have been hugely challenging for many farms across the country, with many not seeing such weather in their lifetimes.
"Today’s summit was a wake-up call to Government and policy makers about the importance of British food production and the critical need to manage the volatility that comes with it. As we move towards a new domestic agricultural policy, it’s vital that market failure and volatility are treated seriously alongside productivity and delivering for the environment in order that the nation continues to have access to British food which is high quality and produced to world leading standards.”
Following the meeting, the Secretary of State said he would do ‘whatever it takes in order to make sure farmers can continue to run successful businesses and that food supplies can continue to be healthy’.