The Farmers Union have welcomed the end to 3 years of gridlock for businesses across the U.K. Farms are sometimes looked at not as businesses in the more traditional sense which couldn’t be further from the truth, our farmers face the same challenges if not more than any other sectors in the world.
This election has delivered the biggest majority of any government since the 1980s which has not only shown what the country wants but allows the country to decide who and what it wants to be in the world. The U.K. is a very different place in 2019 than it was in the 1980s with Agriculture being the last remaining primary manufacturing industry. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense for our Industry to learn from other manufacturing sectors and the mistakes they have made.
The Farmers Union have written to the new government outlining our plans for a new, dynamic technology-led industry that has a focus on setting new standards around food traceability from point of origin, getting rid of multiple farm assurance organisations and the top-heavy administration costs that accompany them and putting in place technology that for the first time gives farmers the real-time information that is needed to run their businesses and make decisions on facts not on what the sales rep, processor or retailer tells them.
Our primary position is to show this majority government that our food and drinks industry can be one of the most successful in the world without the ridiculous cost that is paid for by both our farmers and taxpayer.
A TFU spokesperson commented “We produce food to a higher standard than anywhere else in the world in terms of animal welfare, biosecurity and environmental protection however our produce is devalued by the current standards that our industry operate under. Current standards do not provide traceability to point of origin which allows retailers to source produce from countries that are within regulatory alignment on paper but in practice are not policed to the extent that U.K. farms are. This leads to lower production costs and an inability to compete. More worryingly is this misleads our consumers. We have been disconnected from our consumers by decades of bad policy, leadership and unwillingness to change, we believe in supporting the general public with low-cost food of the highest standard and with advancing technology and supply chain management this can be achieved.”
TFU has made large investments in software, environmental engineering and other technologies to provide real policy change that provides farmers with the ability to not only realise new revenue streams but also reduce costs and environmental impacts. For too long our great industry has been in decline, we are determined to bring this majority government solutions not problems to allow them to support and invest in our rural communities and infrastructure.
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