NFU asks horticulture industry to help it cut red tape

The NFU is asking for views from the horticulture industry on which areas of red tape could be cut.

The Defra farming regulation task force is working on removing unnecessary regulation. Areas for discussion include growing and crops, food processing, business and management and environment and land management. The consultation asks:

- "Which regulations do you think are unnecessary and could be removed without lowering standards for business, the public or the environment? Please also tell us why you do not believe they are needed."

- "Are there regulations that go beyond what is required? Or are they too complex or do they have unnecessary red tape - whether form filling, record keeping or inspections?"

- "Please let us know how they affect your business and how they should be changed or how the rules can be made to fit better with the way that you run your business."

Email answers to horticulture@nfu.org.uk. The consultation closes on 31 October. See http://engage.defra.gov.uk/farm-regulation.


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