News: Farmer wants public perception of farming to change amid Brexit uncertainty

News: Farmer wants public perception of farming to change amid Brexit uncertainty

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

A farmer wants to see the public perception surrounding his industry change amid concerns surrounding EU subsidies for the agricultural trade.

Andrew Ward from Leadenham said British farmers are doing their best to provide the highest quality produce under more and more pressure.

But he believes not enough is done to inform the public about what they do and has spoken of the importance of subsidies from the European Union.

It comes after a senior member of Lincolnshire’s county council called for the next Prime Minister to ensure farmers were no worse off after Brexit.

Many farmers rely on cash from Brussels to stay afloat, but the UK’s departure will see that source of income disappear.

 

Mr Ward told Lincolnshire Live : “It is not just about subsidies, there is a massive problem that what we do is not recognised by the vast majority of the public who take it for granted.

“Our food is the third cheapest produced food in the world.

“We also have 75 acres of land where we grow food for wildlife, doing our bit for the climate.

“The whole issue of Brexit is worrying.

“People get their back up about subsidies and think, ‘why should the EU help them?’

“But our profits are completely out of our control and is dependent on the weather.”

Mr Ward predicts times will get tougher with one million acres of farmer land earmarked for developments over the next 20 years.

Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place at the county council, said that the new Prime Minister must work hard to “ensure stability” for the farming sector.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place
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The National Audit Office (NAO) said farmers had been left unable to plan for the future after losing subsidies they would receive as part of the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

Farmers and landowners received £3.5 billion in payments from the Common Agricultural Policy last year, according to the BBC.

Five Lincolnshire businesses received more than £12 million in subsidies.

 

Councillor Davie, who voted to leave the EU, said Lincolnshire had some of the “best farming land in the country” and the sector needs to be paid “fairly”.

“It’s very clear to me and to the government that we need a situation where British farmers are properly supported and paid fair prices for the products they produce,” he said.

“Lincolnshire has some of the best farming land in the country and its farmers are some of the most industrious, creative and produce some of the best products in the country.

“I want to make sure that their businesses can thrive in the future. It is about making sure that in the immediate period around October onwards and the transition period after we leave the EU that no farmers suffer.”

He added that the subsidy level given to farmers should remain at the same rate through a transition period, should a withdrawal deal be agreed.

Councillor Davie said the government also needed to ensure that no farmers “suffered” should the UK leave without a deal.

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, set out proposals last year where the government would guarantee current funding levels until 2022.

But, the NAO said the government has not told farmers exactly how the new system would work.

The government said subsidy levels would be maintained until the next general election.



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