The UK farming community needs a government that understands farm businesses, wants agriculture to grow and has policies that send the right signals to farmers, according to the NFU.
These are the key messages in the organisation’s farming manifesto, launched ahead of next year’s General Election.
The document highlights five major policy challenges over the short, medium and long-term that the industry, along with Government, can address: investing for growth; protecting animal and plant health; securing knowledge and technology; building fair, safe and secure food chains; and caring for the countryside.
Richard Potts, NFU Northumberland county adviser said: “Ahead of the General Election next May, we are calling on all the main political parties to help maximize the potential of our industry and create a policy environment in which our farmers and growers can thrive.”
David Robson, NFU Northumberland county chairman added: “The opportunities are clear – global and domestic demand for food and renewable energy is on the rise; 88% of the UK public think farming is important to the economy.
“Farmers are ready too, with the potential to grow production and reduce our reliance on imported produce. What is needed now is a Government that understands farming, that supports growth and that has the policies that send the right business signals to farmers in Northumberland and across the UK.
“I sincerely believe that the steps we’ve set out in this manifesto are practical and easily implementable actions that, if adopted, will deliver growth and benefits for both the country and countryside.”