Well, I’m sure there’s lots of other things happening in the world of food this week, but the issue of agriculture in the referendum on us leaving the EU is still the biggie.
The process for withdrawing from the European Union
Most pointedly, section 2.9 of the document states that:
… a vote to leave the EU would be the start, not the end, of a process. Itcould lead to up to a decade or more of uncertainty.
Defra 25-year plan for Agriculture
This week Liz Truss stated at the NFU’s conference that Defra’s 25-year plan for agriculture will:
… detail how we will attract even more skilled people to the industry, build the British brand and increase exports.
Unfortunately though it hasn’t yet been published, and it is long overdue: initially it was expected before Christmas. Now the government says it will be published later in the spring, writes Johann Tasker in FW.
I, and no doubt many famers am awaiting it with baited breath.
‘Childish turf war’ blamed for farm payment delays
Meanwhile in Whitehall, a pretty damning report released by the Public Accounts Committee outlines the reasons behind why payments to farmers have been delayed. The key reasons, outlined in the summary were:
… key bodies involved in the Common Agricultural Policy Delivery Programme … were unable to work together effectively.
Dysfunctional and inappropriate behaviours amongst senior leaders were inexcusable and deeply damaging to the Programme.An inability to agree a clear vision for the Programme meant that the frequent changes in leadership were accompanied by changes of direction, shifts in focus and further disruption.
‘we worked on different floors’ and ‘we dressed differently’