SUBMITTED: NFU members can read our final consultation response to the Green Paper here.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released proposals for a “modern industrial strategy” – which takes the form of a 'Green Paper' covering regulatory barriers, trade deals, innovation and skills. Smart energy, electric vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence and 5G mobile are among the subjects included, although there is no specific mention of food production or the existing Agri-Tech Strategy. However, the NFU is aware that the Government's broader thinking does include aspects of food and farming, biotechnology and the bioeconomy - as well as the application of new energy technologies and robotics in agriculture.
"Building our Industrial Strategy" aims to increase productivity and drive growth across the whole of the UK, and sets out 10 strategic 'pillars' to underpin this new government approach:
1. Investing in science, research and innovation
2. Developing skills
3. Upgrading infrastructure
4. Supporting businesses to start and grow
5. Improving procurement
6. Encouraging trade and inward investment
7. Delivering affordable energy and clean growth
8. Cultivating world-leading sectors
9. Driving growth across the whole country
10. Creating the right institutions to bring together sectors and places
The NFU's response is a joint effort by our Policy Directorate, including general comments on the approach as well as responses to specific consultation questions of interest to food and farming and the wider rural economy. We would welcome input from NFU members in all sectors - add your comment below, or contact am9uYXRoYW4uc2N1cmxvY2tAbmZ1Lm9yZy51aw== before 31st March 2017.
The consultation period closes on 17th April. Read the Green Paper here (opens in a new window) and our final consultation response here (NFU members only).