27 July 2018

Why we must plant the seeds of growth

THE RESULTS OF THE BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS ARE OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE TO KENT’S FARMERS, writes Pat Crawford in Kent Business.  The county’s farmers are a vital part of the national industry which is directly responsible for 475,000 jobs and contributes about £9bn to the UK economy each year.  Kent’s farmers are also inextricably linked to tourism, the country’s fastest growing sector.  There must be recognition of the importance of a seasonal workforce from outside the UK, as the global population booms demand for food will increase at a time when climate change is taking a toll on yields.  Technology will play an increasingly important role, and in the meantime we must support our farmers by buying locally wherever possible.