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The country’s farm unions are urging new Prime Minister Liz Truss to invest in UK farming

UK farm leaders are urging new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss to prioritize agriculture and ‘aim for growth’.

Reacting Monday (September 5th) to news of Truss’s appointment as Prime Minister, after beating Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership race, farmers’ unions were quick to urge the new leader to tackle the main issues affecting the sector and help create a sustainable economy. coming.

In a statement, NFU President Minette Batters said: “I welcome Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister and look forward to working with her and her government on her priorities for food and British agriculture.

“UK farmers are crucially important in providing the nation with a supply of home-grown food and it is essential that UK farming has a vibrant and sustainable future, particularly as it transitions to a new agricultural policy nationwide and continues to face rising costs faced by all agricultural businesses.

During the leadership race, Truss pledged to make UK farmers more competitive, “liberating them to grow more sustainable, high-quality UK food, to improve the country’s food security”.

Specifically, she promised to cut red tape and make it easier for farmers to access labor, with a short-term expansion of the seasonal worker scheme, while working to address skills shortages. in the longer term and to promote labour-saving technologies.

As part of Truss’ pledge to cut tax rates and deregulate industry, she promised her policies would “boost the rural economy by focusing on farmers who grow food and reducing regulation useless which embarrasses them”.

Reacting to news of Truss’ victory, NFU Scotland chairman Martin Kennedy urged the new Prime Minister to immediately tackle the brutal ‘here and now’ facing agriculture and food production – all by making an unequivocal commitment to the importance of food safety in the UK.

“Unsustainable electricity and fertilizer costs are creating a crisis of confidence around food production which the government must address as a matter of priority and put in place the conditions for a thriving agricultural sector which sees shelves full of British food nutritious, sustainably produced and affordable. This is what the public expects. »

Supporting domestic production and its standards requires leadership change and industry commitment to trade policy, he added. “Rather than agriculture being used as a pawn, we need an approach to trade policy that is fair and an agricultural policy that has production at its heart.” He called for a long-term commitment to investing in agriculture from the UK government.

In Wales, NFU Cymru chairman Aled Jones added: “I welcome Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister. We are in a time of significant change and challenge, but NFU Cymru looks forward to working with the new Prime Minister and his government to tackle these issues, capitalize on opportunities and ensure a profitable, productive and progressive future for the country. Welsh agriculture.

Meanwhile, logistics specialist ParcelHero said the jury is out on whether Liz Truss’ premiership would be good for business and retail.

“In her victory speech to the leadership, new PM Liz Truss said three times, ‘We’re going to deliver,’ said ParcelHero head of consumer research David Jinks MILT “Business and sales bosses retail will hold their breath as it attempts to close the circle by cutting taxes. and funding a freeze on energy bills.

“As delivery experts ourselves, we know that successful delivery relies on consistency and careful planning. The new Prime Minister has sent mixed signals to businesses during her campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party. »

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