Gove outlines plans for farming post-Brexit

Jan 8, 2018

Defra secretary Michael Gove has shed light on future plans for the farming industry post-Brexit, in a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference. Mr Gove said he wants to drive change in four specific areas: creating a “coherent” policy on food; giving farmers the time and tools to adapt to the future; implementing a new method for providing financial support to farmers; and developing a sustainable future for the countryside. The secretary of state also proposed to invest more in technology, including super-fast broadband, reliable 5G coverage and sensor technology that can tell where, when and how livestock should be fed, housed and bred to maximise yield, health and welfare. The UK will formally leave the EU in March 2019, but the government expects to agree a transition period of a further two years. Mr Gove’s comments come ahead of the government’s Command Paper, which is due to be published this spring. Trade negotiations As trade negotiations are about to get underway, Mr Gove said Defra “is preparing for every... ...

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Brexit and the UK Pet Food Industry

Dec 21, 2017

The pet food industry holds a unique place within the food and feed sector. Whilst we are governed by the same high safety rules covering the feed industry, at the same time our consumers are those who shop in the general retail environment. In this article, Nicole Paley at PFMA discusses that although the future after the decision taken by the UK electorate in June 2016 to leave the EU is uncertain, the role of the PFMA is to ensure industry’s views are represented in all relevant negotiations and to support the members planning for what lies ahead. ...

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FVE appeals to protect vets’ working rights in Brexit talks

Nov 20, 2017

The organisation representing vets across Europe has issued a plea to the Government to secure the working rights of EU and UK vets during Brexit negotiations. The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) represents veterinary organisations from 38 EU and non-EU countries, including the UK. It also counts the BVA and RCVS – which helped develop the plea – among its members. Issued ahead of the next round of deliberations in Brussels, the FVE document said Brexit negotiators must not jeopardise the high levels of animal health and welfare, public health and environmental protection enjoyed across Europe. It also highlighted the “vital” role the profession plays in animal health and welfare, antimicrobial resistance and food safety. BVA senior vice-president Gudrun Ravetz said: “We are united with colleagues across Europe in our call to secure working rights for UK and EU vets in the Brexit negotiations. The varied and diverse roles in the veterinary profession provide the foundation for high animal health and welfare, and make essential contributions to the economy... ...

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