SAVED: PAGE: ACTIVE AREA:

UK Farming Unions Demand Industry is Recognised in Energy and Trade Intensive Industry Scheme (ETII)

Joint message from Union Presidents following summit in Belfast.

The four leading agricultural organisations across the UK have repeated calls for UK Government to recognise food security concerns and extend the Energy and Trade Intensive Industry scheme (ETII) to include those sectors of agriculture heavily reliant on energy. 

The latest call comes as UK farming union Presidents met in Belfast.  Hosted by Ulster Farmers’ Union President David Brown, those attending included Martin Kennedy, President of NFU Scotland; Minette Batters, President of NFU and Aled Jones, President of NFU Cymru.  The meeting was also joined by Irish Farmers’ Association President Tim Cullinan.



With the current energy support scheme ending today (31 March), the UK Unions have repeated their demands for energy relief to be extended to agricultural businesses following on from a joint letter written to Secretary of State Grant Shapps MP at the start of March and signed jointly by all four Presidents.

In a joint statement, the four UK Unions said: “For the UK Government not to extend the highest level of energy relief to sectors highly dependent on energy to rear, grow and store food is a failure of UK Government to recognise the deteriorating position on food security.

“We have been crystal clear in pointing out to Government and Ministers that unless the ETII scheme is amended to provide support for primary agricultural production, there could be a reduction in domestic food production which may prolong the ongoing food price inflation for consumers. 

“There is a cast iron case that, from April 2023, the ETII scheme should be providing the highest-level energy relief to a number of sectors within primary agricultural production alongside the relief that is being offered to food processing and manufacturing.  To offer relief to one without the other is self-defeating if we are to genuinely address consumer concerns over food shortages and empty shelves.

“Many of our farm businesses are reliant on gas and electricity to produce fresh food and they will struggle to absorb the huge hikes in energy prices that they will face from tomorrow (1 April 2023). 

“It is within the gift of UK Government to address genuine food security concerns and to review the classification for higher level support. Energy prices are already seriously damaging our ability to produce food and from this weekend, many of our members’ businesses will face an energy cost cliff edge.”  

Notes for Editors

  • Photo caption:  UK Farming Union Presidents - (from r to l) Ulster Farmers’ Union President David Brown; Minette Batters, President of NFU; Martin Kennedy, President of NFU Scotland and Aled Jones, President of NFU Cymru - have called on Government to deliver higher level energy support to agricultural sectors following a summit in Belfast.
 Ends

Contact Bob Carruth on 07788 927675

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 23/23


< Article List

Close

Report Abusive Comment

Comment Content:

Why it offends me (optional):



Have Your Say

Ian K Sands

375 days ago

A bit late to the party with this one we new this was coming weeks ago yet it took till the 31st 0f March to come away with this very poor should have done this weeks ago.
New Comment

Share

Total Pages:
Total Results:
Page Start:
Page Result #:

About The Author

Bob Carruth

A dairy farmer’s son, I joined NFU Scotland in 1999 after 13 years as an agricultural journalist. Following spells as a regional manager and policy lead on milk, livestock and animal health and welfare, I became Communications Director in 2008.

Quick Contact

 
 
Which Region do you live in?  
Are you a member of NFU Scotland?  
 
 

This form collects and sends the information supplied to NFU Scotland. You can read our privacy policy for full details on how we protect and manage your data.
  I consent to having NFU Scotland collect the above details.

Registred Address

NFU Scotland
Head Office
Rural Centre - West Mains
Ingliston, Midlothian
EH28 8LT

Place of registration: Scotland

Company Registration Number: SC214564

Tel: 0131 472 4000
Email: info@nfus.org.uk

NFU Mutual Logo

Get the App

NFUS App QR Code

©NFU Scotland • All Rights Reserved • Web design by Big Red DigitalLog in

Close

Contact Us

 

 

 

No Robots:

This form collects and sends the information supplied to NFU Scotland. You can read our privacy policy for full details on how we protect and manage your data.
  I consent to having NFU Scotland collect the above details.