The importance of water for food took centre stage when NFU Deputy President Tom Bradshaw visited Suffolk.
Tom, and NFU National Water Resources Specialist Kelly Hewson-Fisher, met with Tim Darby and Douglas Inglis from ESWAG (East Suffolk Water Abstractors Group) to discuss the importance of water for food production and how collaboration across stakeholders will be key in ensuring solutions can be put in place to overcome the challenges facing water resources.
The agricultural sector is working with the regional water resources planning process, which in East Anglia is through Water Resources East.
The aim is to provide a long-term strategic plan for water resources that looks to meet the needs of agriculture, the environment and the public, which is driven through cooperation and collaboration with other sectors, such as water companies. This will be key in ensuring water resource challenges are met.
Tom and Kelly then joined Tim and John Patrick from Sustainable Water Solutions to visit the Felixstowe Hydrocycle Project.
This is an innovative, farmer led, collaborative project to bring sustainably sourced fresh water supplies onto the Felixstowe Peninsula to overcome water resources challenges.