Farm­ers to cut down red tape

Live­stock pro­duc­ers told to speak out

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

A FARM­ERS’ union is spear­head­ing a project to help re­duce the bur­den of red tape on live­stock pro­duc­ers.

The Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union has been se­lected by the Depart­ment for Business, In­no­va­tion and Skills to lead a re­view of red tape un­der its fo­cus on en­force­ment reviews.

It is ask­ing live­stock farm­ers in Bucks to share their ex­pe­ri­ences of the cur­rent farm in­spec­tion regime.

Live­stock pro­duc­ers are in­vited to book up for a work­shop at Thame, in Ox­ford­shire, on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 1 to give their views be­tween 11am and 1pm. Farm­ers’ re­sponses will fea­ture in ev­i­dence pro­vided to min­is­ters and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments on com­ple­tion project.

The event is one of a se­ries of work­shops to probe the fre­quency of in­spec­tions on live­stock farms and the im­pacts on business. It will seek to iden­tify du­pli­ca­tion by the na­tional reg­u­la­tors and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in­spect­ing farms.

The NFU’s ad­viser in Berk­shire, Bucks and Ox­ford­shire is An­nie Ver­non. She said: “We need farm­ers’ views as this is our chance to present ev­i­dence from an in­dus­try per­spec­tive di­rectly to gov­ern­ment, ev­i­dence that may later be used to in­flu­ence gov­ern­ment pol­icy.

“We ex­pect to hear from live­stock farm­ers who are con­cerned about the fre­quency of in­spec­tions, the du­pli­ca­tion that oc­curs and the im­pact this has on their business. We’d


this par­tic­u­larly like farm­ers who have had a lo­cal au­thor­ity visit in the past five years to come along.

“It’s great that the NFU is in a po­si­tion to work with farm­ers to change the way that their busi­nesses are in­spected, from the inside, re­duc­ing the bur­den of reg­u­la­tion with a view to boost­ing prof­itabil­ity.”

The work­shop also aims to eval­u­ate the qual­ity of com­mu­ni­ca­tion around the in­spec­tion regime and the value of in­spec­tion vis­its.

Fo­cus on en­force­ment reviews ex­am­ine how reg­u­la­tion is de­liv­ered, whether through ad­vice, in­spec­tions or en­force­ment, rather than fo­cus­ing on the de­sign of the reg­u­la­tions them­selves.

Live­stock farm­ers can book in for the work­shop by call­ing 01730 711 950, cit­ing their name and ad­dress and also an NFU mem­ber­ship num­ber.

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