'Time to take advantage of guaranteed EU payments before Brexit'
Sir Peter Kendall former NFU Chairman and current chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Feb 2017
LINCOLNSHIRE'S farming community has been told to 'make hay while the sun shines'.
Keynote speaker Sir Peter Kendall, former NFU Chairman and current chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, said that while 2016's upheaval in politics has been unprecedented, not much has actually changed and won't start being discussed properly until 2020.
While he highlighted international trade, agricultural policy, migrant labour and regulations as causes for concern, he suggested farming remained integral in politicians' minds.
Sir Peter said: "Agriculture is always the last thing to be decided upon as it is so important. In the meantime, there is what we could term as a honeymoon period and there are plenty of opportunities to be had before some guaranteed payments from the EU end in 2020. There's time to take advantage and grow while the market remains open and free.
"However, it is still important to look ahead, into automation and robotics and other ways to improve business."
He continued: "The rise in population and a growing middle class are great opportunities for the sector – the middle class in particular have more disposable income and have specialist and more demanding tastes."
The events were organised by Brown and Co and Duncan & Toplis, agri-focused professional services businesses in Greetham and Woodhall Spa.