DEFRA minister George Eustice has called for longer farmland tenancies, stating that in doing so would encourage more people into the industry.
Landowners should be encouraged to let out more of their land for longer periods (for farming) because tenancy arrangements offered an vital route for people into the industry, he said.
Mr Eustice said: “Farming a third of all agricultural land in England, tenant farmers are important producers of high-quality products steeped in the heritage of Great British farming."
“They are a vital part of our long-term food and farming plan.”
He added: “Increasingly, new entrants are entrepreneurial, spotting business opportunities and different ways of doing things, and we need to support and encourage this innovation.”
Mr Eustice (the minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs -DEFRA, and Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth) was speaking at the NFU’s annual Tenant Farmers Conference, held at Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire, on Wednesday (4 November).
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