Farming groups ‘disappointed’ at Conquer of agriculture bill amendment
FARMING’S BATTLE to resist poor food imports proceeds, with another attempt to toughen up the new Agriculture Bill. An amendment to the bill, which would require food imports to fulfill UK regular s of animal welfare and food security, was defeated in the Commons in October, even though being supported in the House of Lords.
NFU president Minette Batters said:”The House of Lords has once again shown its support for British cultivation by passing amendments to the Agriculture Bill which include proper safeguards against food imports that would undermine our high criteria, demonstrating the stre ngth of feeling and support on this problem.
” It is extremely important that the government’s dedication to safeguarding UK farm standards is upheld throughout trade discussions, that the Trade and Agriculture Commission is strengthened, and that parliamentary scrutiny of prospective trade deals is enhanced.
“There is enormous public support behind these principles and I’d urge MPs to recognise this when these amendments come back to the House of Commons.”
A range of farming groups, including the National Sheep Association, the Soil Association and the CLA, reacted with disappointment at the refusal of this government to encourage the amendments.