A major simplification of the way the UK regulates farming has been proposed in an interim report published by Dame Glenys Stacey, Chair of the Farm Inspection Regulation Review. The review was announced in February to simplify the way farmers and landowners are regulated as the UK leaves the EU.
The NFU has responded to the interim report and commented that it thinks it is a step in the right direction.
It is expected to conclude by the end of December.
“This interim report is a step in the right direction and it rightly recognises many of the issues farmers face as a result of the current regulation and inspection regime. I am pleased to see the report acknowledge many issues in the current system such as regulators not understanding farm businesses and a culture of inspecting for failure. “It is crucial that a new system is fit for purpose, supports farm businesses and allows them to continue producing safe, traceable and affordable food. The proposed restructure of farm regulation and inspection is a unique opportunity to drive cultural change for the better and has the potential to move to a more efficient, outcome-based system. The NFU is keen to engage in the review process as it continues through the year.”