The Scottish Government has been slammed for threatening the livelihoods of farmers after Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing demanded Scotland’s ban on growing genetically modified (GM) crops be retained post-Brexit.
Defra has assembled a working group to design a new seasonal labour scheme as the latest survey on supply showed more than 40 per cent of food and farming businesses have had to bump up their wages to attract workers.
The National Sheep Association (NSA) has said it would be ‘unforgivable’ if Government trade decisions destroyed the UK’s sheep industry after it became clear Australia was pressing for greater access to British markets.
Continued unsettled weather over the last fortnight, with heavy rain at times, has caused disruption in harvest progress across most of the UK. Where combines have been active, crop yields have been somewhat variable.