TFA Media Release – MR19/46 – TFA Sets out Priorities for New Johnson Administration

The Tenant Farmers Association’s (TFA) National Chairman, James Gray, has written to the Prime Minister congratulating him on yesterday’s General Election win and to set out a list of priorities for his new Government for the food and farming industry.

Key areas to address are:

  •  To ensure that we are on the front foot in developing strong export markets for our farm produce both within the EU and, very importantly, further afield whilst protecting domestic consumers from food produced abroad to standards which would be illegal at home.
  • Ensuring that we use our tariff policy to put us in the strongest position to support our domestic agricultural industry and protecting us from lower quality imports.
  • Taking action to tackle market failures within retail and food service supply chains, thereby ensuring fair returns to primary producers.
  • Developing future agricultural policy that focuses on supporting active farmers in raising productivity, meeting environmental and animal welfare goals and in tackling climate change.
  • Ensuring access to the migrant labour we need within our primary production and processing sectors whilst we work together at encouraging more domestic labour into those sectors.
  • Requiring public sector food procurement to prioritise food from British sources.
  • Maintaining free and unfettered trade between and within the four UK countries.
  • Bringing forward legislative and fiscal reforms tackling the short-term farm tenancy culture which pervades the landlord community.

“With new Agriculture, Trade and Environment Bills expected to be introduced to Parliament early in the New Year, TFA will be working to ensure that these priorities are taken forward,” said Mr Gray.

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Ref:  MR 19/46   

Date: 13 December 2019

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