DEFRA looks for industry advice

Government seeks company to provide professional advice on policies to strengthen horticulture industry

The Government is looking for help with its policies to strengthen the sustainability of the horticulture industry in the UK. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has given early notice that it wants to hire professional advice from outside its own ranks. Whichever company takes on the job will have to provide advice and services to assist in the development, implementation, analysis and explanation of DEFRA policies. In a note issued prior to putting the job out to tender, DEFRA stated: “The advice should be impartial and reflect the best current professional, technical and scientific agricultural practice and relevant legislation.” It says the services required may include specific surveys to establish data, such as the use of peat and peat substitutes. DEFRA may also need the organisation of and possibly representation at conferences promoting its policies. A monthly report on the state of the industry will be needed and the training of DEFRA staff may be required. The contract is set to last for three years.

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