What needs to be done to ensure that UK agriculture is more competitive and able to make a significant contribution to food security?
We need leadership from government and the industry on the issue of food security and a clear strategy for the role of agriculture
The objective should be to increase total food production as well as the efficiency of production in the UK, and will have to be achieved against a background of high energy costs and the need to reduce environmental pollutants from production systems
It is essential that the regulatory framework for agriculture does not put UK agriculture at a competitive disadvantage
A major element of competitiveness is the need for a clear strategy in agricultural R&D to create innovation and develop new technologies. Sadly agricultural R&D has been severely eroded by policies on R&D over the past 25 years