Agriculture Bill Must Provide Comprehensive Strategy for UK Agriculture

The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has set out what it believes should be contained within the much-anticipated Agriculture Bill which is expected to be published by the Government tomorrow (12 September).

TFA Chief Executive George Dunn said, “It has been 25 years since we saw the last piece of primary legislation dedicated to the agricultural industry. However, most commentators are suggesting that the real comparison is to the Agriculture Act 1947 since this was the last time that the UK Government set out a comprehensive agricultural policy for the country prior to joining what became the EU in 1973”.

The TFA is looking for the Bill to cover:

  • Transition
  • Working with the Devolved Administrations
  • Better regulation of the supply chain
  • Protection of production standards in international trade
  • Rules to require public authorities to specify British when procuring food
  • Additional measures required for a new ‘public payments for public goods’ scheme
  • Comprehensive changes to agricultural tenancy legislation
  • Measures to assist with productivity growth

“Much is expected of this Bill. We need the Government to come forward with a comprehensive strategy for agriculture both at a UK level, in consultation with the Devolved Administrations, and for England. A failure to match expectation with delivery will be a major missed opportunity given that we are unlikely to see another piece of legislation such as this for at least another generation,” said Mr Dunn.

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.