Britain needs a real food policy after Brexit
me that farmers are now much more in favour of longer-term contracts for stability. And that could also play into the drive for greater self-sufficiency because we would know more precisely where demand and supply are. And to avoid demonising the supermarkets, there are plenty of examples of when farmers have been keen to play the markets themselves and it hasn’t worked out well for them.
The danger with long-term contracts is that it can be quite hard to do crop rotation – whether by imposition or by choice – when you have a contract to supply a certain number of peas every year. It’s great if you’ve got 10,000 hectares because you can move your crops around, but if you’ve got 500 hectares you might have a problem.