Tenant farmers can increase their productivity and efficiency after Brexit, providing the sector receives needed investment, the NFU President says today at the NFU’s Tenants Conference.
The conference will look at how the tenanted sector can remain vibrant and fit for the future, particularly after the Brexit vote.
HRH the Prince of Wales will give a video address to the conference highlighting how important the tenanted sector is to the industry.
Mr Raymond said: “We need to look at smarter and more efficient ways to produce our food and for tenanted farms in particular this means investment.
“Brexit offers an opportunity moving forward to provide new funding in order to carry out improvements that help to increase farm productivity.
“It is vital for landlords to realise the importance of continued investment on their tenanted holdings to enable their tenants to farm efficiently.
“The best way of achieving these standards is through modern buildings and equipment with the latest technologies. Such investments not only give better welfare standards but in turn results in more efficient farming and enhanced productivity.
“Over 35% of the agricultural land in England and Wales is farmed by tenants so it is crucial that we get a new domestic agricultural policy right to deliver these elements for productive, profitable and progressive farming.”
The NFU has laid out its vision for a domestic agricultural policy that shows how increasing productivity, managing volatility and enhancing the farmed environment is vital to delivering a bold and ambitious future for the farming sector.