Royal Show 09: Loss will be a blow to farmers, says Peter Kendall

The loss of the Royal Show at a time when it is so important for the farming industry to embrace science and best practice is a blow to farmers, according to NFU president Peter Kendall, speaking on the first day of the last Royal Show at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

When formed in 1838, RASE had the mantra of promoting good science and best practice through events such as the Royal Show.

“In 100 years, wheat yields have doubled and over the past 50 years milk yields of doubled, a clear sign that farming is embracing innovation and science to move forward,” said Mr Kendall.

“At a time when the very same objectives are key to the future of the industry, it’s extremely sad that today marks the end of an institution like the Royal Show.”

In response to a question put by David Richardson as to whether there were plans for the NFU to hold an event which would replace the networking qualities the Royal facilitated, Mr Kendall replied that he saw events like Cereals and shows like the Royal Cornwall and Royal Norfolk going from strength to strength. He also cited the internet as providing farmers with a platform for discussion.

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