East Anglia: Farmers’ leaders question whether Government flood defence commitment goes far enough
Farmers’ leaders have welcomed central government funding for local defence schemes in East Anglia, but claim policies may not go far enough in recognising the value of farmland.
National Farmers’ Union regional adviser Rob Wise said internal drainage boards and farmers are offering partnership funding. “The government has been quick to focus on the extra £120m made available for capital projects by the Chancellor in the autumn as a result of last year’s flooding. However, this has to be set against the background of reducing maintenance budgets and a system that doesn’t adequately value the need to protect farmland,” he said.