DEFRA task force to look at ways of reducing red tape on UK farms.

Richard MacDonald, former NFU director general, is to chair a DEFRA task force to look at ways of reducing red tape on UK farms.

Agriculture Minister, Jim Paice, made the announcement at the Cereals Event yesterday morning and explained that the Task Force on Farming Regulation will identify ways to reduce the regulatory burden througha review of the relevant regulations and their implementation, as well as advise on how best to achieve a risk-based system of regulation in the future.

Mr Paice said "There is too much red tape tying up our farmers and preventing them from getting on with the business of producing our food and managing our countryside.  That is why we committed in the Coalition Agreement to reduce the regulatory burden on farmers by moving to a risk-based system of regulation".  Read more...