Brexit needs a joined up industry response, says new AIC Chairman

Negotiating the future of agriculture outside the European Union will demand a concerted effort by all involved, says Nick Major who has been elected as the sixth Chairman of the Agricultural Industries Confederation.

Mr Major has long been associated with the Confederation. He has served on its Feed Sector Executive for a number of years and is currently Chairman of the Feed Sector’s Sustainability Committee. A committed marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Mr Major is Corporate Affairs Director of ForFarmers with responsibilities across the ForFarmers group. He also serves on a number of national and European industry organisations, including the UK livestock innovation centre – CIELivestock.

He assumes the Chairmanship of AIC at a critical time for the industry.

“The whole of UK, agriculture farmers, landowners, suppliers and advisers, all have a once in a generation opportunity to shape a new policy for a productive and sustainable business as the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union,” he says. “Never has it been more critical for trade associations and representative organisations to have the support of the sectors they serve”.

“Quite simply, the more businesses we represent, the more seriously we will be listened to by those devising the new policies. Within AIC we have skills critical to those shaping our future. Day in, day out we handle trade sales in the UK and across the world, we will do all we can to assist.”

Mr Major praised AIC’s outgoing chairman Jon Duffy, under whose chairmanship AIC launched its major research work – Threats and Opportunities – which was unveiled in the Houses of Parliament last year and highlighted to policy makers in food, farming and environmental areas the vital need to dispense with single issue policy making.

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