Livery company honours Herefordshire fruit veteran
14 November 2012,
Mike Baker, crop manager at Herefordshire soft fruit grower AJ & CI Snell, has received the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers' Management Award.
Baker, who was involved in fruit growing in Herefordshire for 40 years until his retirement earlier this year, was presented with the award at the company’s Master and Wardens’ Dinner at Barbers-Surgeon’s Hall on 8th November.
Presenting the Award, Jane Anderson, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, said: "A really important thing for the industry is that Mike has been able to get the best out of the new high quality strawberry and raspberry varieties; this is crucial in keeping consumers keen on British-grown berries."
The award was introduced six years ago to recognise outstanding achievement in progressive and innovative management within the fruit growing industry.
The publication of the Agriculture Bill this week formally kick-starts the Government's plans to implement a "green Brexit" for farming, the area of the economy most impacted by the UK's withdrawal from the EU from next March.
The Government maintains that a no-deal Brexit "remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome". But it has begun publishing a series of "technical notices" intended to explain the consequences for all parts of the economy should no deal be agreed with the EU by March next year.