Prime Minister visits NFU members on Devon farm

10 June 2022

NFU President Minette Batters talks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a table on a farm in Devon

Prime Minister Boris Johnson met NFU President Minette Batters and NFU members on a farm visit following his attendance at the Royal Cornwall show.

Dichetts Farm is predominantly a dairy business based in Mid Devon.

The Prime Minister was welcomed by farmer and NFU Devon County Chair Richard Tucker and his parents, Nigel and Brenda.

The party also included farming minister Victoria Prentis.

Stressing the challenges facing NFU members

Minette Batters had earlier stressed some of our members’ challenges: “The focus on labour is really pressing right now across all sectors but particularly in horticulture, pigs, poultry and dairy. There’s an urgent need for a dial-up, dial-down immigration system.”

The importance of food production

“Also, there are huge frustrations on the continuing focus on environmental policy and forgetting about food production,” Mrs Batters went on to say.

The group discussed the challenges and opportunities currently faced by British farmers, including access to labour, the resilience of the food supply chain and the need for the government to recognise the importance of domestic food production.

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