Farmers and other industry representatives are being asked to give their views on the future of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
The AHDB is a statutory levy board funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain.
Its purpose is to make agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity.
The AHDB collects around £60m a year in statutory levy from farmers and growers and currently uses that money for a range of purposes to support these sectors.
Defra says after the UK leaves the EU, there is an opportunity to ensure that the sectors that the AHDB covers – AHDB Horticulture, AHDB Beef and Lamb, AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds, AHDB Dairy and AHDB Pork – are as competitive as possible.
The review will look at the AHDB’s purpose and priorities, its strengths and where improvements need to be made.
This is a joint 10-week exercise covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The request for views will close on 9 November.
Farm minister George Eustice said: “At a time when we are designing a new agriculture policy from first principles, now is also a good time to review the role and function of this agricultural and horticultural levy body.
This request for views is an opportunity for levy payers to have their say about the role and function of the various components of the AHDB in the future.
AHDB welcomes views
Jane King, chief executive of the AHDB, said: “We welcome this opportunity to gain feedback from farmers and growers, and to help the industry compete in a global marketplace as the country prepares to leave the EU.
“We’d encourage views to shape where we can have the biggest impact and drive value as an independent, evidence-based organisation, which carries out marketing at home and abroad, while sharing best practice and innovation with farmers, growers and the wider industry at this crucial time.”
To submit your views please complete the online survey by 9 November. Defra will also be running a number of workshops in the coming weeks.