More than other 100 organisations from across the UK’s food supply chain, including the NPA, have sent the Prime Minister a joint manifesto setting out the key principles to ensure Brexit champions food producers.
The UK Food Supply Chain Manifesto, released today, has been drawn up by organisations representing farmers producing the raw ingredients and their suppliers, right through to manufacturers and retailers.
It sets out the need for positive outcomes on trade, labour, regulation and domestic agricultural policy. The principles set out in the manifesto are:
- To maintain free and frictionless trade with our major trading partner, the EU, and secure the benefits of existing EU preferential trade arrangements, at least until Government can replace them with acceptable alternative arrangements;
- To ensure ongoing access to an adequate supply of permanent and seasonal labour;
- To continue to promote food production through agricultural policy alongside our existing high environmental, health and animal welfare standards; and
- To ensure businesses operate under an efficient and proportionate regulatory system that is centred on scientific evaluation and that incentivises innovation and competitiveness.
With little more than 10 months to go before Brexit, the manifesto emphasises the importance of ensuring our departure from the EU does not undermine the food production and supply sectors in the UK.
The manifesto has been sent to the Prime Minister other key cabinet ministers by NFU President Minette Batters on behalf of the signatories.
Mrs Batters said: “Today we are presenting a united voice as a food and farming sector worth at least £112bn to the UK economy and employing around 4 million people; a food and farming sector that meets 61% of the nation’s food needs with high-welfare, traceable and affordable food; a food and farming sector that cares for three-quarters of the iconic countryside, that, in turn, delivers over £21bn in tourism back to our economy.
“In the manifesto we warn, as a collective, that a Brexit that fails to champion UK food producers, and the businesses that rely on them, will be bad for the country’s landscape, the economy and critically our society. Conversely, if we get this right, we can all contribute to making Brexit a success for producers, food businesses and the British public, improving productivity, creating jobs and establishing a more sustainable food supply system.
“As we enter this critical period in the Brexit negotiations, the signatories to this manifesto will be looking to Government to ensure its objectives are aligned with ours to ensure British food production – something of which every person in this country enjoys the benefits – gets the best possible deal post-Brexit.”
NPA senior policy advisor Ed Barker said: “With a closely integrated supply chain, the UK pig sector relies upon a Brexit deal that takes the whole food production system into consideration.
“The food supply chain manifesto echoes the concerns we have that pig producers’ profitability could suffer if the rest of the supply chain is not able to trade goods across borders, access migrant labour or improve its productivity.
“However, we are clear that if the Government champions food production, all parts of the UK pig supply chain could benefit post-Brexit, as well as the UK consumer and taxpayer.”
List of all 105 signatories:
Agility Agriculture Ltd.
Agricultural Biotechnology Council
Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)
Agrovista UK Ltd
Asplins Producer Organisation Limited
Association of Independent Crop Consultants Ltd (AICC)
B & W Feeds (Mobile) Ltd
Bayer Crop Science
Billericay Fertiliser Services Ltd
British Egg Industry Council (BEIC)
British Growers Association
British Meat Processors Association (BMPA)
British Poultry Council (BPC)
British Retail Consortium (BRC)
British Society of Plant Breeders Ltd (BSPB)
British Summer Fruits
Busby Partners Limited
Cawood Scientific Ltd
CF Fertilisers UK Ltd
CN Seeds Ltd
Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
DSV UK Ltd.
East of Scotland Farmers Ltd
Elsoms Seeds Ltd
Farm Fresh PO Ltd
Federation of Bakers
Food and Drink Federation (FDF)
ForFarmers UK Limited
Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC)
Frontier Agriculture Ltd
Gleadell Agriculture Ltd
Glencore Agriculture UK Ltd
Hall Hunter Partnership Limited
HL Hutchinson Ltd
ICL UK Ltd
International Meat Trade Association (IMTA)
JE & VM Dalton Ltd \ Dalton Seeds
John Thompson & Sons Ltd
KWS UK Ltd
Limagrain UK Ltd
Lion Seeds Ltd.
Lower Reule Farm Ltd
LS Plant Breeding
Manor Farm Feeds
Marks and Spencer (M&S)
Mars Horsecare UK Ltd
Meijer Seed Potato Ltd
National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC)
National Association of British and Irish Flour millers (NABIM)
National Farmers Union (NFU)
National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS)
National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)
National Pig Association (NPA)
National Sheep Association (NSA)
North East Grains
OMEX Agriculture Ltd
Openfield Agriculture Limited
Pearce Seeds Ltd
Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA)
Potato Processors Association (PPA)
Premium Crops a division of Cefetra Ltd
ProCam UK Ltd
Provision Trade Federation (PTF)
Quantil Agriculture Ltd
RAGT Seeds (UK)
Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF)
Saaten Union (UK) Ltd
Sakata UK Ltd
Simpsons Malt Limited (incl. McCreath Simpson & Prentice and John Guthrie, trading divisions)
Tenant Farmers Association (TFA)
The Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain (MAGB)
Tozer Seeds Ltd
Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU)
Volac International Ltd
W & R Barnett Ltd and R & H Hall Ltd
WA Church (Bures) Ltd
William Thompson (York) Ltd and Bata Ltd
Winterwood Farms Limited
Wynnstay Group PLC
Yara UK Limited