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UK Farmers Losing Faith in Government: A Call for Change

UK farmers are increasingly disillusioned with the government's approach to agriculture. Dorset farmer Barbara Cossins has been particularly vocal about this growing frustration.



During a meeting organised by NFU Mutual Salisbury and Wareham, she expressed concerns that current policies fail to support the farming community adequately.


Cossins criticised the government's reliance on imported food, which undermines British farmers' efforts and threatens the nation's self-sufficiency. She emphasised the importance of food education, arguing that both the public and policymakers need a better understanding of where their food comes from and the value of locally sourced produce. This, she believes, is crucial for the future sustainability of UK farming.


The dominance of supermarkets is another significant issue raised by Cossins. She contends that supermarkets hold too much power over the food supply chain, often to the detriment of farmers. This imbalance can result in unfair pricing and practices that put local farmers at a disadvantage. Cossins called on political parties to address this issue by implementing policies that support British farmers and promote fair trade practices.


Moreover, Cossins argued that farmers should be recognised as essential workers, vital to the country's food security. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of self-sufficiency, and Cossins believes that this lesson should translate into stronger support for the agricultural sector. She called for a unified political stance that prioritises local agriculture and empowers farmers to continue their crucial work.


In conclusion, the sentiments expressed by Barbara Cossins reflect a broader discontent within the UK farming community. The call for greater support, fairer practices, and recognition of farmers' importance is a rallying cry that the government cannot afford to ignore. As the agricultural landscape continues to evolve, it is imperative that policies adapt to ensure the sustainability and resilience of British farming.


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