27 February 2018
Commenting ahead of the Command Paper for the Agriculture Bill, launched today, Dr Elaine King, Director of Wildlife and Countryside Link , said:
‘The Secretary of State has outlined a bold vision for our farming future, taking onboard many of our proposals. With less than forty years of farming fertility left in our soils, and wildlife and plant populations plummeting, turning this vision into a reality is critical to ensure a bright future for farming, the environment and animal welfare.
‘We applaud the Government for recognising that the environment must be at the heart of a thriving farming industry post-Brexit. This could be a turning point from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy which left our soils, waters, wildlife and plants suffering.
‘What we need to see now, to back-up this ambition, is funding based on robust costings, a targets-led approach and a timescale for moving to this commendable new vision for farming.’
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