Industry professionals are urging for a fair post-Brexit deal that remembers food and farming.
The latest farm business income figures released by Defra yesterday (October 27) have shown a dramatic fall for the third consecutive year.
Farming sectors such as dairy and pigs have seen their incomes halved.
Industry experts said the drop in income is expected to have a ‘huge impact’ on some farming businesses and are pressing for a guaranteed ’best deal’ for British agriculture in post-Brexit talks.
A new fair deal could determine ‘future confidence and resilience’ in farming.
NFU president Meurig Raymond said: “Our work in influencing decision-makers is more important than ever to support our members, many who’re struggling to make ends meet.
“The NFU is continuing to work with government to ensure they provide the right support for our members – from pushing for burdensome regulation to be removed that remains a major block to growing competitiveness for most farm businesses and policy decisions based on sound science.”
The CLA said the decrease in income payments highlights the importance of direct payments.
CLA director of policy and advice Christopher Price said: “Many farmers rely on the support they receive through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which is one of the main reasons why the Government extended Pillar 1 payments to the end of 2020.
“However, the farming sector in a post-Brexit world will look very different.
“That is why it is vital the Government commits to developing a long term, world-leading Food, Farming and Environmental policy which properly rewards farmers for everything they are not paid for through the free market such as improving the environment while also producing high quality affordable food and providing better value for money for the taxpayer.
“The Government must guarantee that securing the best deal for food and farming is a high priority to ensure agriculture is not forgotten.”
Mr Raymond said the NFU work closely with the supply chain to promote British food wherever possible.
“In recent weeks we have focused on urging dairy processors to be open and honest in a bid to build better, fairer supply chain relationships and to ensure contracts that are fit for purpose.
“The most immediate issues confronting the farming sector are trade and access to labour - these must be at the heart of any discussions for the country’s future farm policy so that our industry is able to achieve its true potential.”