13-19 May 2019
NFU Deputy President Guy Smith was featured on the BBC News channel discussing the growing issue of fly-tipping. Guy told reporters that for many farmers this has now become a daily occurrence on their farms, and small fines and a low risk of prosecution ask as little deterrents to criminals.
The revoking of general licenses to shoot pest bird species has been discussed again in an article from The Guardian. In the piece Deputy President Guy Smith emphasised that farmers need to control pest birds to maintain food production levels and not for sporting reasons .
Last week was mental health awareness week and ITV Wales News reported that suicide rates in the agricultural industry are higher than any other industry. NFU Cymru next generation board member Matt Launder was interviewed talking about some of the challenges farmers face.
Farmers Weekly and Farmers Guardian both discussed mental health issues in farming and NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts is quoted saying that more support is needed. Farmers Weekly also reported on the NFU East Midlands and East Anglia ‘Farming in the Fens’ report which launched last Friday. The report demonstrates the value of the Fens to British agriculture. NFU Director of EU Exit and International Trade Nick von Westenholz discussed the effects of Agricultural Bill delays on BPS payments with Farmers Guardian.