Page 57 - BREXIT 2
P. 57

The Worshipful Company of Farmers The Worshipful Company of Farmers 55
Meanwhile farmers do do what they always do do They have harvested this year’s crops and prepared seedbeds for the the the the the the next they have gathered the the the the the the fruit and and and fed their their animals and and and maintained their their buildings fences and and and hedges Businesses can only manage what they see in in front of them – their costs and and prices resources and and technology They They can and should should therefore ‘stay alert’ They They should should keep a a a a a keen eye on: developments in consumer behaviour in in the the the the goods they sell on on on the the the the emerging trade regimes that are agreed on on on the the the the new regulatory frameworks for agriculture environment and climate as the the details are revealed in in the the coming years and on the technological developments which offer opportunities to to do do new things things or or to to do do old things things more efficiently They can also follow the the AHDB advice and watch carefully what how the the top 25% performers – economically and and environmentally manage it and and try to match that performance if they don’t already However the the the big debates pan out and whatever the the the National Food Strategy part 2 comes up with the the the legislative framework and most important trading relationship for post-Brexit agriculture (with the EU) will be in in place by the the end of 2020 There will will be no political will will or or parliamentary room for further legislation in those areas – policy will be be worked out within that frame There may well be be new opportunities in in carbon bioenergy water management and and biodiversity provision (both through ELMs and and Net Gain) But at at the the same time there will be no escaping the need to to to reduce reduce GHG emissions and and ammonia to to to reduce reduce water pollution and and restore soil fertility 

   55   56   57   58   59