The petition now has signatures from across the farming sectors
A petition calling for the AHDB levy to be made voluntary has been garnering support, picking up signatures across the agriculture sector.
The petition was originally started by three horticulture growers, but now has 112 names, including those of pig and sheep farmers.
The organisers criticised Defra’s response to claims the review on the levy board had not been publicised enough, when they said it had been publicised online extensively.
However, the growers claimed many people they had spoken to were unaware it was happening and questioned why they could not have sent a letter through the post.
The organisers were also frustrated by the response comments from the AHDB horticultural board’s Hayley Campbell-Gibbons suggestions they were taking a short term view.
“The 3 growers with different crops who started the Petition, employ circa 240 people and in the last 8 years have invested circa £12 million into their infra-structures, to give their business the best chance of keeping their customers pleased with the quality and value that their businesses are capable of.
“The level of commitment is supported by the most experienced and capable consultants and agronomists and respective suppliers. This is not short term, - it is cutting edge.
They were also critical of AHDB spending.
The organisers hoped they could get to 150 signatures by Christmas and have set up an email address for people to contact them at AHDBpetition@gmail.com.