With the UK economy set to fall into recession in the second half of the year, the Government is looking to help local farmers with the cost of their food, which is expected to fall by almost a quarter.
In a new report, the Farm Bill aims to ease the strain on local farmers, encouraging them to focus on the food they produce.
“We know that the majority of farms in Britain are owned and managed by people from overseas,” said Agriculture Secretary, David Jones.
“It’s a fact that people from abroad produce a lot of our food, but it’s not as many as people from the UK would like.”
The Government’s new policy, which aims to help farms from abroad to be self-sufficient and make more money, is a big step forward for farming in this country.
“The new measures include:• Providing grants for farmers to increase their food costs.• Supporting local farmers to reduce the cost and scope of their farms.• Increasing the value of agricultural goods, such as vegetables and fruit.• Reducing the cost, scope and cost of transport, and making it easier for farmers from overseas to enter the UK.”
I’ve got the support of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to help these local farmers out in terms of the grants, so they can go to the supermarket and get their food for less money,” Jones said.
The Government will also be providing £5bn in farm grants to local authorities over the next four years.”
The Government has set aside a further £15bn over the coming years for farmers who are self-employed, which could be worth up to £30m a year, according to Agriculture Secretary David Jones, who announced the scheme at a speech in London earlier this month.””
They are looking at all the things that help their local economy, like food-and-beverage stores and markets, and so the Government will be looking to make sure they can be self sufficient in the future.”
The Government has set aside a further £15bn over the coming years for farmers who are self-employed, which could be worth up to £30m a year, according to Agriculture Secretary David Jones, who announced the scheme at a speech in London earlier this month.
“It’s an ambitious amount of cash to be coming into the economy, and we have the support and resources to help people who have been struggling,” Jones told reporters on Tuesday.
“And we’re doing it in the most effective way possible.”
This is the first year in which the Government has allocated more than £5.6bn to help the farming sector, which means there will be a significant impact on local businesses in the long run.
“So we are going to be doing this in the best way we can, and the more we help the local businesses, the better they are going the longer they will last,” Jones continued.
“What we are seeing in terms.
of this grant programme is that farmers are now self-sustaining and doing better than they have done in the past.”
If we keep this going for another four years, then we could see the cost to the local economy go down by about a quarter.
“The scheme, which has been set up by the Department for Food and Rural Development, is part of the Government’s Rural Business Innovation Initiative, which seeks to help small and medium-sized businesses compete in a changing global economy.
In the UK, there are more than 10,000 farming operations in operation.
About one in four is managed by an organisation that is self-managed.