NFU Policy Director Andrew Clark:
On mobile and broadband services
“The delivery of rural broadband and mobile phone infrastructure is lagging behind demand and affecting both farmers and wider rural communities’ ability to do business and compete. There needs to be immediate solutions to ensure our members receive the affordable, reliable and fast services which are needed today.
"This is a recurrent concern for most farm businesses so continuing efforts to reduce the administrative burden will help farmer to compete fairly both within Europe and globally."
On Enterprise Zones
“We would also wish to see Enterprise Zones for rural areas focused on those areas where food and farming can best take advantage of simplified planning and tax breaks to help support local farming economies.”