2012 weather leaves £1.3 billion "black hole" in UK farming, says NFU

The NFU has put the cost to agriculture of 2012's poor weather at £1.3 billion, and called for measures to increase resilience in the sector.

Peter Kendall - image:NFU
Peter Kendall - image:NFU

NFU President Peter Kendall has said there is now "growing evidence" that extreme weather such as the UK experienced in 2012 is a consequence of global climate change, with grave consequences for agriculture.

He said: "Last year has starkly demonstrated the cost that extreme weather events can wreak on farmers and the food supply chain, and as we enter 2013 many farmers are in areas under water or facing a double-whammy of huge feed bills for their livestock."

He also described EU Common Agricultural Policy support to farming as "an absolute lifeline to many farmers in years like 2012", and criticised recent government attacks on such support.

But praising the government's forthcoming creation of an adjudicator to oversee the groceries supply code of practice, he predicted: "This will be a crucial year when the building blocks for a secure food supply and resilient farming sector are put in place."

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