Government told to 'Rip Up Red Tape'.

The Farmers Weekly reports that Defra has been challenged with creating a new culture of regulation as part of a 200-step plan to ease the burden of red tape within agriculture.

Farm minister Jim Paice was told the government needed to build a relationship with the farming industry based on trust to enable the number of farm inspections to be slashed.

Setting out more than 200 recommendations for cutting agricultural regulation, independent Farming Regulation Task Force chairman Richard Macdonald said there were many ways farmers' lives could be made easier without reducing standards.

Presenting the taskforce's recommendations to the minister in London on Tuesday (17 May), Mr Macdonald outlined key areas where regulation could be simplified, including animal movements, planning and Single Farm Payment applications.

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