UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government’s model for sustainable farming isn’t working – Farron

Press Release   •   Jan 06, 2010 10:54 GMT

“There’s no point in having a strategy for 2030 if farming is dead by 2020," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary.

Commenting as the Government launched its food strategy to 2030, Tim Farron said:

“While the Government has finally recognised the importance of UK farming to the future of Britain’s food supply, the reality is that English farmers have been badly hit by rock bottom farm gate prices which have slashed incomes.

“There’s no point in having a strategy for 2030 if farming is dead by 2020.

“It’s clear that the Government’s model for sustainable farming isn’t working. What farmers need right now is a fair price for their produce.

“With thousands of farmers on the brink of bankruptcy, we need a new independent regulator to ensure producers are never forced to sell at a loss to over-powerful supermarkets.”