NFU value to industry

First published: 28 November 2022

NFU deputy president Tom Bradshaw

NFU deputy president Tom Bradshaw reminded farmers and growers of the value of the NFU's work to the industry last week.

Mr Bradshaw recounted two significant pieces of work that had saved the industry millions in the past year.

Speaking in East Sussex, Mr Bradshaw reminded farmers how, in the midst of a crisis in fertiliser prices and availability, the NFU had managed to persuade decision-makers that the use of urea, a crucial source of nitrogen, should be retained. "By retaining urea, the NFU has saved the industry £25 million per year and all users of artificial fertiliser have benefited," Mr Bradshaw told members. He was addressing the annual general meeting of East Sussex NFU, held near Lewes on Friday 25 November. The NFU had also saved the farming industry between £3.5million and £4million per annum, by persuading government to ditch plans to include silage wrap within the plastic packaging tax, he said. The tax was to take effect in April 2022.

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