Farmers to cut down red tape
Livestock producers told to speak out
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.