The government minister responsible for farming has been invited to the Island to discuss support for small scale farmers.

Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers, has been invited by local MP Bob Seely to visit the Island to discuss support for small scale farmers as part of his campaign for government recognition of the specific problems faced by many sectors of the Island’s economy.

The invitation was made in the House of Commons on Monday (3rd February) during the second reading of the Agriculture Bill – legislation designed to transform British farming.

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The Bill will replace the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy with a system where farmers are rewarded with public money for public benefits, such as cleaner air and water or improved animal welfare standards. At the same time, it aims to help boost productivity and maximise the potential of land for sustainable food production.

Mr Seely said:

“Even modest support for small-scale farmers could be extremely valuable. An Island Deal could include support for small-scale abattoirs or humane slaughter on farms, which is the most humane way of slaughtering animals for human consumption, as well as milk storage, grain storage and vegetable box erectors on the Island.

“These would work well for the Island as well as many other parts of the United Kingdom.”

Ms Villiers said she would be delighted to meet with Mr Seely to discuss his suggestions and would be more than happy to visit the Island.

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Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz
1 year ago

It is disgusting that in such a small but fertile country as the UK is, that farming, here, especially on the Island has all but died. Unless it is niche, like the excellent Garlic farm, then dairy farming and normal farming have given way to industrial parks, small scale holiday accommodation, childrens adventure play etc. We need real farming to take over once again, as we buy so much produce from Holland etc, when their climate is no better than ours, and we could grow far more here, for similar costs as they do now. Our gas for heating greenhouses ought be no more expensive than theirs, and we have the advantage of a huge fertile land to grow veg, fruit, as some farmers still do here. Surely it would be a great idea to make the whole Isle of Wight know world wide as producing organic food produce. Years… Read more »

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Reply to  Az-zahra Aziz
1 year ago

The dairy farms on the island have been in terminal decline primarily because the likes of tesco etc, would only pay the bare minimum for the milk, which often left the farmer with a loss- as the likes of tesco are big accounts, the farmers are over a barrel with them – accept tesco’s price or tesco do not take the milk and no sales at all.

Whilst I mention tesco – this practice is not just them.

Tesco etc would then sell the milk to customers way above what they pay for it – making the procurement guys a decent bonus.

People then decide that there is not any money in dairy farming and quit it. Hence imported milk as not enough local suppliers.

Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz
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1 year ago

Whilst supermarkets do have some blame, the EU, has far far more. It was their policies which forced efficient British farmers into pouring away milk, I was there when such happened on the I.W.

Do you not remember the cheap butter being given to the dole scroungers and sold off cheap to the Russians?

All to subsidise the small, farms in France etc.

Any supermarket could and does market home produced produce at a premium and many will pay a little extra if marketed correctly to help their fellow man.

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