With Red Tractor being a main foundation for British agriculture, it is urging the Government to ensure that food production is at the forefront and being made a priority.

Jim Moseley, who is the CEO of Red Tractor Assurance, expresses his thoughts that food production should “shape and drive this industry and future policy needs to reflect that”.

With over 60,000 members involved in the assurance body, Moseley said that it is Red Tractor’s primary objective for nearly every agricultural sector to be uniquely positioned as a flagship.

He urges his caution over placing too much emphasis on other significant but less critical objectives of the Health and Harmony paper.

With a sharp focus on animal welfare and environmental sustainability, Moseley expresses: “While these are two great strengths of our industry, a policy that encourages higher standards may still result in British agriculture becoming a niche player in the global food market.”

It believes its response has “reminded Government that as the largest and most comprehensive assurance scheme in the UK, there is no better organisation placed to deliver practical and robust performances”.

Moseley ends with saying “there is no need to re-invent the assurance wheel”, and hopes that the future agriculture policy can reflect food production being a priority.