[2 November/NZ Farmer]

A report from Think Tank Chatham House has said a market-orientated farming model, such as the one in New Zealand, is the only way for the UK to benefit from free trade while committing to green targets in a post-Brexit environment. It is calling for farming subsidies to be heavily curtailed or abolished, acknowledging that smaller farms would probably fold. The report looks at the model in New Zealand as a potential solution, where farmers have not received subsidies since 1984 and production have become more efficient. The National Farmers Union in Scotland is clear that farming in Scotland and the UK does face inevitable change as a consequence of any Brexit scenario. They believe the report in another demonstration that Scotland’s agricultural sector stands to be disproportionately impacted by Brexit.