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THE Govern­ment must ‘wake up’, says NFU vice-pres­i­dent Guy Smith, and make su­per­fast broad­band and mo­bile-phone cov­er­age for all farms a pri­or­ity. The lat­est NFU sur­vey re­veals that 85% of farm­ers still have an un­re­li­able out­door mo­bile sig­nal and just 6% have ac­cess to su­per­fast down­load speeds.

‘The ever-grow­ing dig­i­tal di­vide be­tween ur­ban and ru­ral work­places needs to be bridged,’ adds Mr Smith. ‘In­ter­na­tion­ally, the UK is trail­ing be­hind other coun­tries, putting our farm­ers at a com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage.’

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