Manifesto to add growers' outlook

Plant health strategy high on agenda for NFU manifesto for horticulture

A plant health strategy that recognises the threats posed by plant diseases is a key feature for growers in the National Farmers’ Union manifesto for horticulture which is launched today (Thursday). The threat that diseases can have on firms will be a vital part of this. While the manifesto covers horticulture in its broadest sense and includes edibles, the ornamental sectors are not left out. Chairman of a major player in the ornamental sector, John Richardson of Johnsons of Whixley, will head an ornamentals board to link with growers and other parties in the industry. An NFU representative said: “We want to establish a board of growers, led by John, which will advise and consult on problems faced by the ornamental sector.” Another large factor in the manifesto will be a strategic market-oriented focus with the aim of expanding the market for horticultural products. The union’s chief horticulture advisor Phil Hudson said: “The NFU will be taking the initiative and driving the sector forward by providing a forum for all growers.”

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