Farmers For Action claims budget day has heaped more costs onto agriculture without the word ‘farmer’ even being mentioned.
Sean McAuley, FFA UK NI Steering Committee Member says: “As we all know UK government has figures that say farming only represents a small portion of the economy, yet Roosevelt couldn’t get America out of the 30s recession until he put money in farmers’ pockets, something which the US still does today through the back door in spite of impending transatlantic trade deals and others.
“In short, UK farmers will have to pay many of their remaining staff more while giving their family members even less money in their pockets, meanwhile, the food corporates and others get a 2% cut in tax going forward.”
Mr McAuley said no one, including FFA, wants to stand in anyone’s way of well deserved pay increases but until the Westminster government and the regionally devolved governments ‘wake-up and smell the coffee’ that farm incomes are in crisis, the UK economy is going nowhere to pay off its £1 trillion plus deficit (Greece owes just over £350 billion), in spite of London rotating money through the ‘city’ leaving rural UK with unsustainably increasing debt.
He added: “The Chancellor needs taken to one side and firmly told:
End your love affair with the corporate world;
There are only two types of economy in the world that create wealth/facilitate wealth:- Oil, gas/green energy production eg Saudi Arabia, etc
A good agricultural base eg UK, US etc
The Lisbon Treaty states in Article 39B –‘rural dwellers are to be properly rewarded for their work’
“Like it or not, for government, agriculture is what creates wealth across the world and if nurtured financially will increasingly create even more wealth via food production and increasingly green energy as fossil fuel usage declines.
“It is time for the UK Chancellor to implement a 21st century version of Roosevelt’s New Deal. This will be called legislation on farm gate prices to allow farming families to have a living income, prosperous farms and drive the UK economy to shine as it did in the 1970s and into the 80s before the corporate bankers and others planned how to take the money and give the countryside the debt (reference BBC Panomara programme The Super Rich and Us recently screened).”
Sean McAuley concluded: “A wise man once said when a young calf is born it creates a lot of wealth in its lifetime.
“Chancellor Osbourne needs to have a long hard think about this before the next budget and try and get used to the idea that farming families are the engine room of the UK and no longer prepared to be slaves to corporates and government.”