Farmer to head AHDB

Farming leaders have welcomed the appointment of a colleague to head up the UK levy body, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

John Godfrey, who has an arable and pig farm operation and was instrumental in founding the National Pig Association, takes over from John Bridge as chair of AHDB, on a salary of £52,000 a year for two days a week.

In a statement, announcing the appointment, Defra said Godfrey would be responsible for leading the AHDB in its pivotal role of improving business efficiency and competitiveness in the agriculture and food sectors until March 2014.

It said he would be taking forward recommendations following a recent industry workshop looking at the future role, structure and governance of the organisation, and at how to ensure levy-payers receive value for money.

Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers’ Union, said: “I am pleased to see the appointment of John Godfrey, a farmer himself and a levy-payer in charge of AHDB.”

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