Commenting on Defra's latest set of cuts, Donohoe said: "People on the lowest wages will suffer. I find it bizarre that they would do anything like that given the length of time it's been there.
"It will have a very bad effect and people will not be attracted to the industry because wages are a factor. In the long term, it will be counterproductive." He said the industry needed to adopt better pay conditions to ensure a high-quality product and a high level of work.
The APPGHG and industry representatives will meet with environment secretary Caroline Spelman in October to discuss industry concerns such as hosepipe bans, training and research.