A SURVEY AIMED at discovering exactly how far and how fast south-west farmers are adapting to the changes facing their industry has been commissioned by the region‘s NFU.

A phone poll, involving a detailed questionnaire asking about what farmers are doing now compared with five years ago, is being undertaken by the NFU‘s corporate arm, Associa.

The survey asks questions about diversification and direct dealings with the public.

It also seeks to establish, amongst other factors, how much active female involvement there is in the businesses, whether training courses have been undertaken, and the extent of collaboration with others.

“This will be a very useful snapshot of exactly how far and how fast south-west farmers are adapting to meet the most challenging circumstances in many of their living memories,” said the NFU‘s regional director, Anthony Gibson.

The NFU has made the announcement on the eve of the Royal Cornwall Show which runs from Jun 10-12.