New chairman announced for NFU horticulture and potatoes board
Mr Poskitt is replacing Sarah Dawson, who has stepped down after five years as chairman. He was named Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year in 2012 and produces more than 50,000 tonnes of carrots each year, as well as various other produce such as pumpkins, potatoes, swedes and parsnips.
“I am looking forward to taking on the role as chairman and with it the many challenges facing the country’s growers; from ensuring the industry can adapt in a post-SAWS world to changes that will affect us as a result of reforms to CAP. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah Dawson for the great work she has done on behalf of the industry in her five years as chairman,” said Mr Poskitt.
Mrs Dawson said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the board to obtain the best possible outcomes for the industry, over issues such as European regulations on pesticides, residues, approvals, nitrates and reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. The launch of Catalyst for Change and the recent announcement by Tesco to extend its direct relationships and contracts work into fresh produce is a really great outcome and a huge achievement for the NFU.
“I leave the Board and the NFU Horticulture and Potato team in a strong position and would like to wish the newly elected chairman every success. The time is right for fresh eyes, expertise and enthusiasm, to take the industry forward.”
Soft fruit grower Anthony Snell has stepped down as vice-chairman, but remains the soft fruit representative on the board. A replacement vice chairman is due to be elected in May.
No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment
Please enter your name
Please enter your comment
Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.
Some error on your process.Please try one more time.
The permanent eradication of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea [BVD] in Scottish cattl...
The abolition of milk quotas in Europe on 1st April has resulted in a numbe...
The top 14 milk producing countries in Europe will increase their productio...
Matt Ware is the NFU's head of government and parliamentary affairs, based ...
There is a 'desperate need' to improve farmgate returns given low incomes a...
Rapid stem extension, after a slow start to spring, is likely to create spl...
The time has come for landlords to expect to see reductions in farm rents, ...
Cogent’s reputation as a source of the highest calibre sires has been enhan...
The spread of exotic and aggressive strains of a plant fungus is presenting...