Landowners Call for Ideas for Red Tape Reform22 July 2013
UK - The Country Landowners Association (CLA) says now is the time for innovative ideas to reduce red tape in the farming industry.
The Association said that in spite of the recommendations of the 2011 Farming Regulation Task Force there has been little change in the burden of bureaucracy.
However, farmers should still come forward with ideas to remove unnecessary regulations.
The response came after Defra launched its Red Tape Challenge, promising a comprehensive review of regulations affecting agriculture, animal health and welfare, plant health and forestry.
CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "We welcome Defra's commitment to removing barriers to growth by freeing up businesses from overly complicated red tape.
"Now is the time for those, including us, who have criticised the burden of regulation to step forward with sensible suggestions for reform.
"We need to look at practical ideas to remove bureaucracy and we want farmers and landowners to let us know their thoughts to shape our response to Government."
The Association also supported Defra's view that it does not want to cover areas already in the 2011 Task Force but review the underpinning regulation and remove outdated requirements.
Mr Cotterell said: "Removing unnecessary and outdated requirements will create a clearer and simpler regulatory landscape – now we need see these pledges in action."
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