‘Completely contradictory’: NFU leader attacks UK farming policy

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Minette Batters says industry is in crisis because of government failures over staff shortages, Brexit red tape and cheap imports

The government has shown a “total lack of understanding of how food production works”, introduced “completely contradictory policies” on farming, and risks “repeatedly running into crises” through the lack of a post-Brexit plan for UK farming, the leading representative of British farmers will say today.

Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union, will make a scathing attack on ministers’ failures, unprecedented in recent memory in its ferocity from a farming leader.

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