29th Feb


TFA Media Release No. 11 – TFA Supports Farmers For Action Farming to London March

TFA Supports Farmers For Action Farming to London March

The Tenant Farmers Association has thrown its weight behind the decision by Farmers for Action to hold a “Farming to London March” on Wednesday 23 March.

TFA National Chairman Stephen Wyrill said “All sectors of the agricultural industry are facing exceptionally poor returns at this time.  Of course there are some global market reasons for this but we do feel that the Government could be doing more to ensure a fair market place for British farmers.  I have been greatly heartened by the support that farmers have received from British consumers who tell us consistently of their desire to buy British products which they know are produced to high animal welfare, environmental and food safety standards.  However, without Government intervention we are in danger of losing a significant volume of producers in short order”.

“The aim of the march is to press Government to explain to the industry and to British consumers what its strategy is for British agriculture.  This is even more important given the forthcoming EU referendum where those of us in the industry and consumers deserve to know exactly what the Government is planning by way of support to the industry whether or not we remain as members of the EU,” said Mr Wyrill.

“The TFA has been calling for some time for reforms to the powers of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to ensure a level playing field within the supply chain.  The Adjudicator’s recent highlighting deficiencies with Tesco merely scratches the surface of bad practice within the retail environment and the Adjudicator needs new tools to ensure that retailers are held to account for their actions.  To date we have heard little from the Government on what it will do,” said Mr Wyrill.

“We also need to hear from the Government about what it is doing to ensure that its own procurement of food for hospitals, prisons, schools and our Armed Forces is supporting British farmers.  Just over a year ago the Government commissioned its own report on how public procurement could be improved but so far it has done nothing to implement any of the recommendations of the report”, said Mr Wyrill.

“As well as looking at new markets for export we need to have a strategy to feed consumers from our own resources.  We are pulling in a significant amount of cheap imports which undermine the ability of domestic producers to compete.  A strategy for import substitution must be high on the agenda,” said Mr Wyrill.

“I am hoping that as many as possible will attend the march on 23 March.  It will be a peaceful, productive demonstration which I hope will unite farmers and consumers to the same ends,” said Mr Wyrill.


Ref:  MR11

Date: 29 February 2016

Notes for Editors:

For further information contact Stephen Wyrill and on 07754 582600 or the TFA’s Communications and Events Co-ordinator Jenna Kirkpatrick on 0118 930 6130.

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