Fu­ture of farm­ing ‘hangs on Brexit deal’

Country Smallholding - - January News -

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.

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