Coronavirus: New service reports on farming impact

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A new online service aimed at capturing farm business issues related to coronavirus has been launched by the NFU.

The organisation is leading a national response for government, representing all of UK agriculture and horticulture, to build a dynamic and up-to-date picture of the fast-moving impact of coronavirus on farmers and growers.

The new service will enable the NFU to collate information and inform ministers of the key issues arising from the outbreak and ensure farm business voices are heard from across the UK.  The website will be signposted by government as part of its COVID-19 business support communications.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “We are living and farming through unprecedented times and it is vitally important we all work together to build a clear picture of the issues arising in food production and work with government, so ministers can respond quickly to resolve them. I’m constantly and acutely aware that our industry cannot be mothballed like other sectors, whether its ornamentals or liquid milk, farmers and growers are producing perishable products, all of which have a finite shelf life.

“We already know coronavirus is having a huge impact on the food and farming sector with disruption across the supply chain, concerns over on-farm labour, enormous price volatility and delays in payments.

“The NFU will be coordinating this effort on behalf of the farming industry across the UK, and I encourage all members and non-members from across agricultural and horticulture to please use the online form to log concerns. We will use this information to provide a daily overview to government of the business-critical issues farmers and growers are encountering, or expect to encounter, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I am extremely proud of all our farmers and growers who continue to work around the clock to produce food for the nation. The NFU will continue to liaise with government and all parts of the food industry to minimise the impact of coronavirus on our supply chains and ensure home-grown food gets to shelves and into homes during this challenging and difficult time.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The coronavirus business impact form can be found on NFU Online.
  2. During the Covid-19 outbreak, the NFU will act, where appropriate, in respect to farmers and growers across the United Kingdom, whether members or non-members. We will remain in regular contact with our colleagues in farming organisations in Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure all UK farmers and growers are represented in the most efficient and comprehensive way possible.
  3. The NFU will log this information and use it in an anonymised format to flag the key issues agriculture and horticulture are facing to government on a daily basis. No personal data will be shared with the government. The service is for all farmers and growers across the UK.

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