Posts tagged "Defra"

Gove pledges drought support

[2 August/EuroFruit] DEFRA Secretary, Michael Gove, called for increased flexibility to help drought hit farmers in the UK, but the National Farmers Union want to also address market volatility. The summer of 2018 is turning out to be one of the driest summers in memory and the warmest July on record. Mr Gove promised to...

EU agri policy “patchwork and incoherent”

[25 May/EuroFruit] Researchers claimed the EU’s policy on food production had failed on several health and environmental indicators. University of Pisa representative, Professor Gianluca Brunori, said they assessed 10 different policies to judge how they contributed to a sustainable food and farming system and evidence showed inconsistencies. They needed to be addressed through an overarching...

CCTV to be mandatory in English slaughterhouses

[14 August/Global Meat News] DEFRA (the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has announced a plan to implement mandatory CCTV systems in all areas of slaughterhouses in the UK were live animals are present to enable better monitoring and enforcement of animal welfare standards. Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said that the country has...

Bumper crowds enjoy taste of the countryside 400-plus farmers ‘share their stories’ on OFS

 [9 June/ Farmers Weekly] Open Farm Sunday took place across the United Kingdom on 5 June, with nearly 400 farmers welcoming 250,000 people onto their land to give them an insight into agriculture. The event, organised by Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf), included attractions such as tractor and trailer tours, a sheep show and sausage...