The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) is calling upon all agricultural contractors to help influence Defra and get recognition in future agricultural policy, unlocking potential funding to help business have a more stable future.
Commenting, Jill Hewitt, NAAC said, ‘For years, contractors have been specifically excluded from most agricultural funding under EU law and therefore unable to access grants for capital investment, upskilling or innovation. However, with Brexit negotiations we now have the opportunity to make a positive change and it is important that we all act together.’
‘An estimated 91% of farmers now use a contractor’s services and it is vital that they are included in the development of new policy and legislation. The future of UK agriculture must embrace professional contractors as we can provide solutions to rural and environmental issues eg skilled, trained labour or high tech, innovative machinery and specialist services.’
Defra is currently consulting on ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit’: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-future-for-food-farming-and-the-environment
This is an open consultation on future agricultural policy and payments. The NAAC is meeting senior Defra officials and will be submitting comments on the consultation to represent contractor’s interests but it is also important that individual contractors respond to strengthen the case.
Contractors are urged to spare half an hour to have a read and send individual comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is 8 May 2018.