NFU highlights need for agri-food investment

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has stressed the importance of protecting agricultural land and enabling farmers to meet production challenges.

In evidence delivered by the NFU’s president Peter Kendall at the Efra Select Committee on food security, MPs were told that it was important the whole food industry worked together to tackle the challenge of increasing food production.

Kendall said: “Britain’s soils, seasonality and climate give us the natural ingredients for a productive farming sector, both now and in the medium term, as our climate becomes more unpredictable. But investment in science and knowledge transfer will be vital in helping us capitalise on these natural advantages and enabling UK farming to maximise its food-producing potential.

“We also need to create a positive legislative environment supporting the agri-food sector, so farmers have the confidence to invest and can deal with unpredictable weather patterns, market volatility and any price fluctuations that may result.”

He pointed to shorter supply chains, fairer distribution of margins, better information-sharing across food businesses and an approach to managing volatility and risk, in order to safeguard the farmers.

“We know more and more British consumers want to buy high-quality British food, produced to high standards of welfare and food safety. It is vital that everything is done to ensure farmers are in a position to meet this demand now and as it grows in the future,” Kendall added.

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