Norfolk pig farmer raises Brexit concerns in Parliament
A Norfolk pig farmer told parliamentarians that his industry does not want to be “left behind” the rest of the world as a result of delays in the Brexit process.
Rob Mutimer, managing director of Swannington Farm to Fork, based in the village of the same name near Reepham, was elected vice chairman of the
National Pig Association (NPA) in March.
He represented his sector at a House of Commons breakfast, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Eggs, Pigs and Poultry, chaired by Democratic Unionist MP Jim Shannon and including MPs from across the political spectrum.
Mr Mutimer highlighted some of the opportunities the NPA believes Brexit brings for the sector and also raised some of its concerns, including the impact of the time it is taking to negotiate a Brexit deal, and its effect on investment decisions.
“I don’t want to be the generation that gets left behind versus the rest of the world as everyone continues to invest and improve while UK farmers wait for Brexit to become clear,” he said.
NPA policy services officer Lizzie Wilson said the APPG played an important role in getting key industry messages heard in Parliament, while events like this enabled the association to explain its concerns face-to-face with decision-makers.
Senior NPA policy advisor Ed Barker added: “This was a welcome opportunity to outline a positive vision for the future of the sector in improving health, welfare and productivity, whilst also raising our concerns about raising welfare standards beyond our competitors, and the absence of ‘food’ in the Command Paper [Defra’s consultation on post-Brexit farming and environmental policy] .”