An AIC delegation met Defra secretary Liz Truss at the Town Hall during her recent visit to Peterborough. Matthew Dalton, director of the Dalmark Group and Paul Rooke, head of external policy at the AIC, briefed the minister on issues of concern to the agricultural supply industry in the area.
The discussion included the challenges of DEFRA’s 25 year plan for agriculture and food, with a particular focus on the need for the sector’s regulations to be founded on sound science.
“This was an excellent opportunity to lobby a senior and influential politician at the very top table of government,” comments Mr Dalton. “The Secretary of State listed carefully to our concerns and underlined the Government’s long-term commitment to UK agriculture. The meeting was light-hearted but focused and wide-ranging, covering, inter-alia, the upcoming EU referendum.”
Mr Rooke adds: “It was a good opportunity to raise the work we have done through our Value of Advice initiative to communicate messages to the producer and our recent ‘Food Supply in the Balance’ report that highlights the need for a holistic view of the consequences of proposed legislation on the food and farming industries.
“The occasion also provided an opportunity to express the industry’s gratitude for the UK authorities recognising that agriculture is not a target for tighter financial measures, such as the MiFID proposals. Tightening of rules could make futures markets less liquid and so exacerbate market volatility for both crop and livestock producers alike.”