Crop Protection Association referendum comment

Nick von Westenholz, CEO of the Crop Protection Association has made a statement in relation to the UK referendum decision in favour of leave.

“The EU referendum has provided a welcome opportunity to scrutinise current agricultural policy, and shortcomings in the way poorly managed regulations damage the competitiveness of UK farming has been a key concern. We now have a unique opportunity to shape the regulations governing our farming sector for the benefit of UK farming.

“We need to better support our farmers to bring healthy, safe, reliable and affordable food to tables across the UK. To do this, we need a regulatory environment that fosters innovation and incentivises the development and adoption of new technologies in pest control and crop science. It is now time to work with the government to put in place an agricultural policy that supports UK farmers , allowing them both to compete and trade with the rest of the world.

“The UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) cuts to the very heart of a crucial debate over support for British farming. The Crop Protection Association is calling for a new and improved system that champions a science led regulatory approach and which supports UK farmers in ensuring a healthy, safe, reliable and affordable food supply.”

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