Future of farming ‘hangs on Brexit deal’
The Prime Minister has been warned the future of UK food and and farming is at risk unless the government negotiates a successful post-Brexit deal for the industry.
More than 70 agri-food companies and organisations with a combined annual turnover of £ 92bn have joined forces to urge Theresa May that tariff-free access to the EU single market and access to overseas labour are vital for UK food and farming to flourish post-Brexit.
The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has warned that moves to link post-Brexit farm subsidies too closely to environmental delivery risk undermining the economics of agriculture and the livelihoods of those who work in related supply chains. An inappropriate balance between direct support and agri-environment payments could have “far-reaching adverse consequences”, the union warned.
In Scotland, one in five farmers and crofters fear they may have to take early retirement due to post-Brexit business uncertainty. The Scotland Rural College survey found more than half of those questioned raised concerns about lower on-farm investment and its potential for ‘negative consequences’ for the rural community.
These two Blue Orpingtons, shown by fancier Marcus Walker, from Yorkshire, were among the prizewinners at the National Poultry Show at Telford in Shropshire. The Supreme Champion was a Modern Game bird shown by Michael Dickinson, from Cumbria.