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Brexit pushing farmers to diversify, says new survey

More than 74 per cent of farmers and rural business owners are likely to diversify their land in response to Brexit, a new survey has found.


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Ideas already range from dairy farmers bee-keeping and sheep farmers hosting livery stables to landowners with glamping sites and opening up the farm to a film crew.

 

But the Farm Business Innovation Show thinks more will follow suit.

 

Event director Gary Hall said farmers were inclined to diversify ’as the realities of the current economic climate sink in’, but the ‘the opportunities [are] endless’.

 

He said: “With the uncertainty of how Brexit will play out for farmers and rural communities, rural business owners are quickly realising that diversification is the best way to remain stable and increase profits.

 

“While there is no denying that the world of farming is at a crossroads, this can either be seen as a problem or an opportunity.

 

“Being able to blend the old and the new, tradition and innovation are a huge part of what makes the UK such an amazing place and with rural enterprise at the backbone of the country, there is no reason that farming and rural businesses should not do the same.”

 

For tickets to the show (November 8 and 9), click here.


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