UK Government Plans To Pay Farmers More For Looking After Animals Well

UK Government Plans To Pay Farmers More For Looking After Animals Well

'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.

Under the plans, more funding would also be allocated to farmers who encourage the public to understand farming better by opening up their land allowing people to "connect" with them.

"After Mr Gove spoke at the Oxford Farming Conference in January, we expressed our disappointment that his vision for post-Brexit agriculture policy didn't include animal welfare as a public good".

The review, announced at the NFU conference on Tuesday 20 February, comes as the government is preparing to publish an agriculture command paper that consults on future farm policy in the United Kingdom after Brexit.

"Comments that farmers are "drenching the countryside in pesticides" are outdated, absolutely wrong. and paint a picture of farming which is unrelated to what really goes on in the British countryside today", the Pembrokeshire farmer said.

'We have a high baseline for animal health standards, which we will continue to enforce.

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But Mr Gove, who has recast himself as an eco-warrior since being brought back to the Cabinet previous year, will insist that animal welfare standards will not be cut when Britain quits the bloc. "So we ask again, let's hear that plan", Meurig Raymond, president of the farmers union, told the group's annual conference. "Indeed, together, we should aim higher". "British farming produces a safe, affordable and high quality supply of food", said Mr Raymond.

The NFU has previously outlined a post-Brexit policy focusing on the environment, productivity and building resilience to volatility.

He said leaving the European Union would for the first time in decades allow policy design free from Brussels influence, and promised to give farmers and consumers more say in Whitehall decision-making, with both a "stronger voice" and more resources for Defra.

"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. Everything else, including the final shape of any domestic agricultural policy, is dependent on that", he said. And of course, those who advocate a cheap food policy, of scouring the world for low cost food should bear in mind the price paid in traceability, in standards and in the off-shoring of environmental impact. Some Conservative MPs and think tanks have also called for the United Kingdom to curb some farming standards as part of any new trade deal with the US.

This, he added, was "one which means British farming and food production builds on the £112bn it already contributes to the economy and supporting jobs for nearly four million people; has access to a competent and reliable workforce to harvest our fresh produce; and sees Britain's self-sufficiency in food increase rather than decrease".

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