NFU responds to energy support package for businesses

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Responding to the information provided today about the energy support package for businesses, NFU president Minette Batters said: “We welcome the detail announced today in the energy support package which will provide a much-needed cushion for farmers, growers and food businesses who are vulnerable to high wholesale energy prices.

“Given the package does not cover limits on standing charges, it’s essential the government continues to assess the full impact that energy bills will have on business confidence and production. 

Clarity needed

We also need urgent clarity on what support will be available for food businesses after the initial six month period. Energy plays a core role in the production of our food and throughout the food supply chain, from fertiliser production and heating glasshouses and livestock buildings, to baking bread and keeping facilities clean. We simply can’t produce the food the nation needs without affordable energy.

“Because of this close link between energy and food, the government must prioritise access to affordable energy for food production and the food supply chain. Continued support will be key to curtailing food price inflation going forward and ensuring the provision of affordable, nutritious, climate-friendly food for the country.”

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