Skills shortages and rising costs leave pig industry facing 'worst crisis in decades' [5 mins] 26/04/2022
Pig farmers are warning of a crisis that threatens a mass exodus from an industry facing a skills shortage as well as huge increases in costs of feed and energy.
Mr Raymond was responding to claims published by economist Patrick Minford, who predicted a benefit to the country of £135bn from a “hard Brexit” that eliminated tariffs, and a report from the Institute of Economic Affairs recommending a policy of unilateral free trade once the UK leaves the EU.
‘This flies in the face of common sense and the government’s commitment to high levels of animal and human health,’ say experts.
A pig farmer who has been losing around £5,000 a week since Christmas has called for more government support for the industry.
Several hundred tonnes of beetroot have been left to rot on Will Woodhall's farm in central England due to Brexit.
A survey conducted by Virgin Money highlights the resilience of the agricultural industry through the Covid pandemic, but also indicates Brexit is still a big concern for business owners.
'Brexit red tape' leaves Staffordshire farmer with 500 tonnes of beetroot and £90,000 loss 11/04/2022
A farmer has told ITV News Central 500 tonnes of beetroot has been left to rot because his usual European customers are looking elsewhere.
Five hundred tonnes of beetroot is being left to rot due to a collapse in demand, caused by Brexit, a farmer says.
A new survey has highlighted the resilience of the farming industry through the pandemic, but indicates that Brexit is still a big concern for farmers.
Increased costs and administrative hurdles are stifling the movement of horses and livestock in what were once thriving industries.
Labour shortages caused by Brexit and accentuated by the COVID pandemic have badly affected businesses across the food and farming sector and could cause ‘permanent’ damage, UK lawmakers stated in a report published on Wednesday (6 April).
Crops left unharvested, healthy pigs culled and increased costs which will ultimately have to be swallowed by the consumer. Not going well, is it?
Brexit and pandemic could ‘permanently damage’ British food and farming industry [4 mins] 06/04/2022
Labour shortages and price rises triggered by Brexit and the pandemic could leave the British food and farming industry permanently damaged, MPs have warned.
Cross-party committee says labour shortages caused primarily by leaving EU will shrink UK food production unless dealt with.
Mass culling of 35,000 pigs and tonnes of crops being left to rot 'caused by Brexit', committee finds 06/04/2022
A lack of food and farm workers “caused by Brexit and accentuated by the pandemic” meant at least 35,000 pigs were culled and tonnes of crops left to rot in the fields last year, a damning report has revealed.
THE Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) has reacted angrily to the news that Downing Street is exploring yet another delay to post-Brexit checks on food entering Britain, claiming it leaves domestic producers at a disadvantage.
Ministers admitted the industry's "reliance on foreign workers" hadn't been solved after Brexit.
DWP to promote Brexit ‘career opportunities’ in fruit picking to stop food rotting in fields again 29/03/2022
Produce has gone unpicked after EU migrant workers stayed away.
The Public Accounts Committee warned of "trade-offs" across "agriculture, the environment and human rights”.
A TORY Minister has been unable to name a single benefit Brexit has offered Scottish farmers.
Government modelling suggests deal could damage some UK industries like farming and food processing. / But the government's own estimates for the deal suggest it will have a negligible impact of 0.02 per cent to 0.03 per cent of GDP by 2033.
Changes to the agricultural sector following Brexit have been poorly received by English farmers, with many confused by “contradictory” policies.
NFU president tells conference ministers have no understanding of how food production works. / Food producers have said the challenges they face are “the toughest in a generation” as members of the National Farmers’ Union met for their annual conference after the first full year of Brexit.
An island nation must trade with its nearest mainland, whatever our new Brexit opportunities minister claims.
Farming: Tories showed ‘total lack of understanding’ post-Brexit as 40,000 pigs killed & thrown away 22/02/2022
This “disaster should have and could have been avoided”, and that the situation pig farmers find themselves in “truly is an utter disgrace”.