Britain’s farming industry enters the 2020s on a firm footing.
Already world leaders on animal welfare, environmental standards, greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotic use, UK farmers will be able to capitalise on the growing global demand for sustainable food over the coming years.
There are also opportunities for the burden of red tape to be reduced with the move away from the Common Agricultural Policy.
And as last week’s Farmers Guardian survey of young farmers showed (December 27, p1-3), the next generation is already working to make the sector more efficient, business-focused and technologically advanced.
But for the industry’s potential to be fully realised over the next 10 years and beyond, Government has to make the right choices on trade, agricultural policy, labour and more.
NFU deputy president Guy Smith said: “In many ways the last decade has proven tough for many farmers, but I like to think we are battle-hardened, rather than battle-weary, and ready to take on the challenges of the 2020s.
“Farming is the solution to many of the challenges facing the world. Given a fair chance to thrive, I am confident the next decade is going to be a good one for our industry.”
Keep an eye on fginsight.com to see us take a look at the trends, technology and innovations which will help UK agriculture retain its position as a world leader.