Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Witham: Liberate farmers, says red tape guru Richard Macdonald

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 March 2014

Richard Macdonald CBE Chair of the Farming Regulation Task Force

Richard Macdonald CBE Chair of the Farming Regulation Task Force

©Tim Scrivener

Government needs to reward and liberate farmers, the chairman of the Government Better Regulation Task Force on Food and Farming says.

“There is one thing that doesn’t change amidst it all and that is bureaucracy,” Richard Macdonald told about 80 farmers at Braxted Park at Witham for a Savills seminar. “We are four out of 10 on our way to getting better and more efficient regulation, but getting closer to five.”

“The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) must continue to develop the farming knowledge of their staff and have trust in farmers in order to move forward.”

Mr Macdonald was director general of the National Farmers Union for 13 years until 2009, dealing with BSE, Foot & Mouth and CAP.

He will be handing over the reins as chairman of the government task force, but he continues as non-executive director of Moy Park, one of the largest producers of organic, free range and corn fed poultry in Europe, and dairy products firm Dairy Crest.

Mr Macdonald said government should reward, trust and liberate farmers to do their job and do it well.

A survey of delegates found 89% of those who responded believed that there is currently too much Government intervention in farming, with 24% feeling that politics is the greatest issue facing their farm in the immediate term, over and above energy (7%), climate change (10%), tax (9%) and succession planning (16%).

Event organiser David Lancaster of Savills’ Chelmsford office said: “We were delighted that Richard was able to come and speak to us and to share his views and opinions, and it has been very interesting collating the views of the Essex farming community.

“Our annual seminars are designed to bring local farmers into direct contact with some of the most experienced and influential people in agriculture and give them a chance to discuss and debate some of the key issues that face them.”

0 comments

Only one potential witness seen on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds on the night Corrie McKeague disappeared remains unidentified.

A smoke alarm helped save lives during a blaze at a home in Ipswich this evening.

A young soldier was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit when the car he was driving crossed onto the wrong side of the A120 and crashed head-on into a lorry, an inquest has heard.

A man who suffered fatal injuries while under the care of the Suffolk and Norfolk NHS Foundation Trust had run out of medication to treat his schizophrenia, an inquest has heard.

A community school art project has helped break down the “invisible barrier” between the Whitehouse and Whitton wards in Ipswich, a former mayor has claimed.

We meet up with the experts leading the £1.2m conservation and improvement work at Framlingham Castle.

A mother died trying to save her daughter who rushed back to her bedroom to get family pets while their Braintree house was engulfed in flames, an inquest has heard.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24