[T]HE Conservative leader of Eden district council has welcomed Government plans to cut rural red tape, which for years has stopped farmers getting on with the job of growing fantastic British food.
Speaking at a farming conference, Environment Minister Andrea Leadsom has said that the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs will be consulting the farming industry on areas they would like to see reformed, and how a more common sense approach could be applied.
Currently, dealing with EU regulations is estimated to cost the industry £5million per year and the loss of around 300,000 hours.
Skelton Councillor Kevin Beaty, who is also a Cumbrian dairy farmer, said he was delighted that the Secretary of State was standing up for local farmers.
He said: “The farming community has for years been bogged down by bureaucratic red-tape, so these plans that the minister is to put forward are a breath of air for farmers like myself.
“They will ensure that we are able to get on with the job that we are passionate about, rearing and growing great British produce, without having to worry spending all our time with form-filling.”
Environment Minister, Andrea Leadsom said: “This country is renowned worldwide for our fantastic produce, thanks in no small part to the dedication and hard-work of Cumbrian farmers.
“However for too long they have been held back by a bureaucratic system which tries to meet the needs of 28 EU member states but doesn’t work for our farmers.
“By cutting the red tape that comes out of Brussels, they will be able to grow and sell more, whilst upholding the high standards for plant and animal health and welfare.”