It’s no wonder farmers are afraid of what this will mean for their families and their businesses – the Government is failing to be honest with them
The failure of the Government to come to a decision on sectoral emissions ceilings is doing farming families a disservice, according to Social Democrats Climate Spokesperson Jennifer Whitmore.
“It is clear from the science and the independent advice that agriculture will still need to meet 30% reductions, a reality the Government refuses to acknowledge or deal with.
“If the Government isn’t prepared to take those hard decisions now, it will inevitably have to happen in a few years from now before the 2030 target date.
“Leaving the hard decisions until then will make it much harder in the long run for farming families who have been subjected to a Punch and Judy show between Government ministers and backbenchers over the last couple of weeks over sectoral targets.
“But these families are still no closer to understanding what targets will be set for them or, most importantly, how Government plans to deal with those reductions.
“It is unacceptable that eight months after the sectoral targets were published, there is still no roadmap for farming communities and no thought given to how they will be compensated for the loss of earnings.
“It’s no wonder that farmers are afraid of what this will mean for their families and their businesses, as Government is failing to be honest with them.”
27 July, 2022