Yesterday DEFRA launched a consultation on the reform of agricultural tenancies.
The suggested reforms include allowing Agricultural Holdings Act tenants to assign their tenancy to a third party tenant farmer. Another suggestion is designed to encourage longer Farm Business Tenancies of 10 years or more by agreeing shorter termination procedures.
If they proceed these changes would represent the biggest to the sector since 1995. The consultation closes in July.
Farming Minister Robert Goodwill said: “We are seeking views on how we can open up more opportunities for the next wave of tenant farmers, breathe new life into the sector and step up farming productivity. “We are exploring a number of options to reboot the sector, such as encouraging earlier succession planning and having more flexibility in current tenancy agreements. “The policy framework for agricultural tenancies needs to be fit for the future, and I welcome all views on the proposals set out in this consultation.”