AHDB’s latest Horizon report said improved productivity was essential to capitalise on Brexit, feed the UK population and protect the environment
The UK has fallen significantly behind major competitors in its growth in productivity, with countries such as the USA and the Netherlands growing three times faster.
This productivity gap was worth over £4.3bn in lost GDP between 2000 and 2013.
AHDB’s Driving productivity growth together report, launched at the Oxford Farming Conference, warned a revolution in productivity was necessary to capitalise on Brexit, continue to feed the country and protect the environment.
But he highlighted the UK had been held back from greater productivity by a fragmented research and development and underinvestment in people and skills.
AHDB Chief Strategy Office Tom Hind, called on industry stakeholders to join forces to drive ‘real change’.
He said productivity was of critical importance for the industries overall competitiveness on global markets.
“This matters both because we want our industry to seize market opportunities at home and abroad and we want the industry to become less dependent on direct support as we move away from the Common Agricultural Policy.
“Secondly, productivity is also a key driver in overcoming the environmental challenges we face. Productivity and environmental responsibility go hand in hand.
He added he hoped the report would be the start of an urgent national debate on productivity.