Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Michael Gove announces farm inspection review

Rural Land Register Maps Tim Scrivener
Preston Stone | 21 February, 2018, 04:32

'I also believe investing in higher animal welfare standards and investing in improved training and education for those in agriculture and food production are clear public goods.

I am delighted to be asked to lead the much-needed review of the farm inspection regime.

In a tweet, BBC rural affairs and environment editor, Dimitri Houtart said: "Another highly polished speech by @MichaelGove at #NFU18 who manages to say that farmers deserve clarity and sing the praises of farmers... but without giving any details of actual new policies".

The government must not allow farming standards to slip or be undermined by bad trade deals after Brexit, the National Farmers' Union has said in a reference to fears that food standards will be sacrificed to seal deals with the US.

British farmers have been growing increasingly impatient at the government's failure to provide clear guidance on its plans for supporting agriculture after the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

"We will guarantee all existing agri-environment agreements entered into before we leave the European Union but, critically, we will also invite farmers, land owners and land managers to help us pilot new ways of investing in environmental enhancement and other public goods. We have the climate and soil, we have the knowledge and desire, and we have the Red Tractor".

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Gove explained that post-Brexit policy would offer for the "very first time in Government" a strategy that is created to integrate the concerns of all those involved in food and drink production - from farm to fork.

"That's why initiatives like Open Farm Sunday, supported by the NFU, and the work of organisations like LEAF [Linking Environment and Farming] is so important and needs to be supported".

"We want to be the first supplier of choice, servicing every price point and serving every plate, feeding Britain with food produced to a high standard, independently inspected to ensure its integrity".

He also sought to offer farmers and food and drink producers assurances on trade, stressing that "we will not lower environmental or animal welfare standards as part of any new trade deals". "If we are to maintain our global reputation for high standards of animal health and welfare and improve our trade links with the rest of the world, any future investment in the United Kingdom farming industry must be targeted at measures to maintain and enhance those standards" Mr Fishwick explained.

"This review is not only long-required but also very timely as we guide our future approach and maximise the opportunities of leaving the EU". We must have a food supply chain which shares the risk equally - rather than piling all the risk onto the farmer.

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