AROUND 60 businesses from across the South West’s agricultural supply chain with a combined turnover of more than £500 million and employing more than 6,000 people between them came together to back British farming at a summit meeting at Sedgemoor livestock market organised by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).
Machinery suppliers, feed merchants, retailers, farm accountants, agricultural colleges, banks and many others who benefit from a strong and profitable food and farming sector came together to lend their support to the NFU’s lobbying work on behalf of the industry.
“It is important that we come together like this to help us formulate a positive vision of the future which we can present to policymakers, to remind them food and farming must be at the centre of all we do,” he said.
Mr Parish added that it was likely an agriculture bill would be put before parliament during the summer of 2018 and that although the industry might have to face being “weaned off” direct subsidy support, he believed this transition process could take up to 10 years.
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