Thursday’s Birmingham Post headline was the latest example: farming is not in good shape.
Retail corporates and export-import middlemen prosper as many producers are squeezed. Leicestershire senior partner of European Food and Farming Partnership, Sion Roberts, said he was optimistic about the future of Britain’s £100 billion food and farming industry at the event at the ICC.
But as MP Zac Goldsmith in the Huffington Post has written: “We are losing farmers at a rate of around one each day”. DairyCo research shows that twice as many now intend to leave agriculture.
British producers get a lower return than they would in a poorer East European country
Scandalously underpaid for years, the return to most milk producers has not even covered costs. Many producers of fruit, vegetables, poultry and eggs are also receiving an unjust return. For more information search http://fairdealfooduk.com.