AHDB applicants make comments on the Vegetable and Potato Tax

Vegetable, flower and potato farmers – AHDB applicants who have been campaigning for the abolition of the tax on fruit and vegetable production – have expressed concern and frustration with recent comments from NFU representatives and better farmers’ groups, with the industry supporting mandatory support. Taxes.

Simon Redden, John Bratley and Peter Torold are known as AHDB applicants. Based in South Lincoln, they all grow potatoes, vegetables and flowers on 2,025 hectares (5,000 hectares) of land, and 5.6 hectares (14 hectares) of glass houses.

“Two-thirds of farmers in the fruit and vegetable sectors have unequivocally rejected the proposed tax,” said Lincolncher, a potato and vegetable producer. However, in the last three weeks we have seen comments that seem to be trying to rewrite this result and replace one legal tax with another.

Speaking Hot holiday At a July 13 conference, NFU Vegetable and Potato Board Chairman Ali Caper called for more farmers to support a new tax. “I think a lot of farmers see the need for some small legal or mandatory tax,” she said.

Her comments were asked by John, “Most farmers reject the idea of ​​a tax. All ballot papers were subject to mandatory tax, not the Ahadib structure. Sixty-three percent of fruit and vegetable growers and more than 66 percent of potato farmers have refused to pay compulsory taxes, so it is unclear how Ms. Kepper will support the masses.

In fact, John’s regional NFU staff has distanced himself from Capter’s comments, saying she was talking about her role as chairman of Britain’s Apple and Pears rather than NFU’s capacity. John asks, “If Mrs. Kepper supports a mandatory tax, she will question her ability to represent farmers in the NFU. The NFU should keep in mind that the majority of farmers who voted for a legal tax were also members.

In another development, the Farmers Live Fruit Group (GGG), which represents 36 fruit and vegetable businesses, said in a statement:

Spalding-based gardener Peter Torold criticized the group for representing the industry. “GBLG represents only 3% of these businesses that are eligible to vote on the continuation of the legal tax. They may want to set up and fund their own R&D for their own illegal entity. However, their research interests are not allowed to be subsidized by the industry, which has largely rejected them.

ይችላሉ By providing financial support for their own R&D, they can claim a significant tax relief that is not available under the law. This in itself undermines the bureaucratic legal system.

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. “It is good to hear that Defrara, at least from the industry, is aware of the emotional strength of the industry and that the voices are clearly against the tax, which is an additional and unnecessary tax on the horticultural business,” said John.

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