NFU nine point challenge for Miliband

UK - NFU president Peter Kendall today spoke of his expectations of David Miliband, ahead of the new Secretary of State’s inaugural Royal Show address.
calendar icon 4 July 2006
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Speaking at the NFU’s press briefing this morning Mr Kendall set out a nine point plan of priorities for farming on which he hoped Mr Miliband would be concentrating.

He said: “Today we have the first speech to a farming audience by our new Secretary of State, David Miliband. He has said to me he wants to work in partnership; and I expect to hear something of this today. We are up for this- provided there is a genuine partnership on offer.

“One of the vital issues we are facing at the moment is future funding for rural development. I know that David Miliband is currently in negotiation with the Treasury on this so I don’t expect him to be able to say anything today. But he knows how important it is to us that modulation is kept to a minimum, and that match funding is retained.

“What else would we like to hear him say today? My own checklist would be:

  • A recognition of the importance of production agriculture to the country
  • A willingness to sponsor & champion the industry
  • A readiness to reduce trade distortions
  • A recognition of the need for a healthier supply chain
  • An understanding of the importance of science & research
  • Action to reduce the regulatory burden
  • Support for how farming can contribute to reducing climate change
  • The importance of local food
  • The need to improve government delivery.“
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