Effectively preparing for change is going to be crucial in increasing resilience in the farming sector in a post-Brexit world, the NFU said at the Resilient Farmers’ Conference.
Speaking at the event, NFU president Minette Batters highlighted the challenges that will come with changes to farm incomes, support payments and future trade. She also emphasised that both the industry and government must be ready to seize the opportunities that come with these changes.
Mrs Batters said: “While the country remains in a period of great uncertainty, the farming industry is absolutely certain that its produce, proudly produced to some of the highest standards in the world, can lead the way on the world stage.
“But it is vital that domestic production is not undermined by imports which have been produced to lower standards. The NFU is working with Defra to establish a trade and food commission to ensure that British food standards are upheld throughout and beyond the Brexit process.
“A future payments system must also enable farmers to build resilience into their businesses and farmers need to be ready to adapt so they can help build a sustainable and profitable sector post-Brexit.”