Survey reveals belief that lack of investment is damaging the farming sector

There is not enough investment in the farming sector and horticulture, according to the conclusions of research on the value and viability of UK farming.

The survey, published at last week's Oxford Farming Conference, examined how people in the industry believe the UK compares to the rest of the world. The general consensus was that domestic agriculture is lagging behind other countries.

The Government was perceived by the majority of respondents as less supportive and understanding of the sector than competitor countries' administrations. Conducting and implementing research and development was seen as poorly resourced and our technical reputation was also regarded as poor.

Respondents felt that there needed to be a cross-sector agricultural strategy but there was a lack of clarity on who should lead this. Seventy-nine per cent of respondents also said the UK takes legislation/regulation more seriously than governments in other countries and this impacts negatively on agriculture as a whole.

Overall, the perception is that devolution has had a negative impact on farming performance in England, relative to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, due to lower Government funding.

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