NFU urges government to act on farming issues

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on David Cameron’s new government to take decisive action on issues such as Basic Payment System (BPS) and TB eradication. 

The NFU said problems with the change from an online-only farm payment system could see farmers ending up receiving late payments or suffering penalties through no fault of their own.

Meanwhile, the Union welcomed the election result, which delivered a majority and “stable” Conservative Government.

NFU president Meurig Raymond said: “We welcome the fact the election has delivered a stable government and we hope this will mean that crucial farming issues are dealt with rapidly from the outset.

“Central to the new government’s goals will be an ambitious plan for ‘British farming with plans to grow more, buy more and sell more British food at home and abroad’. The NFU and farmers share this ambition. We have already argued strongly that we need such a plan to reverse long- term declines in farming productivity and the nation’s self-sufficiency. So we are eager to begin working as soon as possible with the Secretary of State to begin this task.

“The government must also ensure that focus is kept on fixing problems and issues surrounding BPS, and its foot is kept on the pedal, because with just weeks to go until the crucial 15 June deadline, time is running out.

“We are also urging the government to make an announcement as soon as possible on further roll-out of badger culling to areas where TB is endemic and to implement the 25-year TB Eradication Strategy in full as quickly as possible.”

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