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  • Posted by: Nick Holt-MartynPosted on: 19/08/2016 10:48:56

    Comment: There is a need to rerun this several times as the Brexit negotiations take place as we will be a lot wiser once we see what HMG and the EU are focussing on.
  • Posted by: Bob UglowPosted on: 02/09/2016 16:00:58

    Comment: Having attended a local Brexit meeting I am confident the NFU will deal with Brexit in the appropriate manner. At this stage I don't see any of the choices being ideal and farming organisations will not be able to influence the UK's negotiations. But we must be smart, quick on our feet and make government aware of the effects of potential decisions on the rural environment and home food production.
    Financial support is almost guaranteed until 2020 but considering the pressure on the Treasury from competing claims for the money not sent to Brussels, I wouldn't bet too much on continued direct financial aid to the rural community.
    So although the NFU should direct resources to minimising the effect of Brexit on the near future, it should not neglect formulating a potential policy for the medium/longer term if farmers are severely exposed to the vagaries of world markets.
    Competing imports must be produced to standards equivalent to those in the UK and rightly demanded by our consumers. Supermarkets battling for market share will be tempted to source the cheapest products.
    I believe there will be an inevitable change in farm size and structure. This will need policies to allow smaller tenant farmers, particular elderly ones to retire with dignity, and younger ones to relocate to employment on larger holding and other industries.
    This will also have an effect on the structure of the NFU itself and even more effort will be needed to attract young college educated farmers and managers into membership.
    I hope I have not appeared to be too gloomy, there will be opportunities as well as problems, but one thing is certain there will be change and I believe the role of the NFU will be to help manage that change.
    Bob Uglow
    Council Member 1981-97
  • Posted by: Paul RusdenPosted on: 09/09/2016 18:21:31

    Comment: The most important market is the home market and more effort needed to encourage British public to eat British. European market is very important due to its location and marketing relationship established but it is not be all end all . Every effort should be made to promote British produce and agriculture knowledge to new markets eg. India China Middle East . Agriculture must become more sustainable and profitable through fairer prices and less reliance on subsidies
  • Posted by: Nick AdamsPosted on: 20/09/2016 22:11:50

    Comment: As a beef and sheep producer personally it is too risky to have a heavy dependence on trade as it has been banned multiple times in the last 20 years. As an industry with low self sufficiency and little exportable surplus we should concentrate on our domestic market and exporting high value products.
    Public procurement should all be to UK standards and the government should back and promote our produce. We need centrally planned animal and plant health with disease and weed eradication to reduce costs.
    I prefer indirect support over direct support which causes inefficiencies, misallocation of resources and industry stagnation. Indirect support can reduce costs, increase demand and support/increase price; the three piers of profitability. Any direct payments should be in the form of correctly targeted deficiency payments - the best way of underwriting production and the risk of volatility.
    Prosecute farmers for environmental harm but stop trying to micro manage everything we do. Regulation is strangling the industry.
    Tenancy reform is desperately needed alongside this new policy to bring new entrants, enthusiasm and innovation into the industry.
    Nick Adams Council Delegate Derbyshire

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