The CLA has set out its vision for agricultural reform in Europe through its manifesto for the European Parliament elections.
In Enabling the Countryside to Thrive, the CLA is making practical recommendations to improve the North’s rural economy ahead of the elections on May 22.
Douglas Chalmers, CLA North regional director of policy and public affairs, said: “From the economy, to the food we eat, to the environment we live in, the EU affects us all. Our manifesto calls for widespread reform to enable the UK countryside to thrive.
“Rural businesses matter. They provide jobs and generate income. However, poor infrastructure and technology is a major frustration that undermines growth.”
The CLA has written to more than 40 of this year’s candidates in the North with its proposals that would help to create the conditions for rural businesses to prosper, support greater innovation in food production, and encourage more action supporting the environment.
Douglas added: “Euro-MPs need to recognise the specific needs of these businesses so that issues such as poor broadband do not stifle the rural economy.”
Other issues highlighted are the need to explore new biotechnologies to feed the world’s growing population, and protecting the UK’s landscape and heritage.