Defra budget cuts: OF&G response

Commenting on Chancellor George Osbourne’s announcement that Defra has provisionally agreed to cut its spending by an average of 30 per cent over the next four years, OF&G chief executive Roger Kerr says, “We would urge Defra to take considerable care when making cuts, and not to reduce spending on services which could hit farmers’ ability to produce safe, sustainable food”.

“With the help of rural development funding, farmers have worked hard in recent years to enhance and protect the environment while producing food, and it’s vital that good work is allowed to continue.”

“We know from our experience with organic farm businesses that UK farmers put considerable effort into ensuring they offer benefits to the public while delivering commercial success.Our concern is that by cutting day-to-day spending, that delivery of projects which enable famers to do this could be affected, and the industry’s efforts could be reversed.”

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