Statement from the AIC on the release of the National Food Strategy report
The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) welcomes the release of the National Food Strategy. It contains a number of fundamental challenges posed towards our food and agricultural systems, which UK agri-supply businesses are addressing in many ways.
It is encouraging that the Strategy recognises the need for a competitive domestic agricultural industry. From improving on-farm nutrient management, Integrated Pest Management, livestock feed efficiency and research and development, AIC members look forward to working with Government to ensure this competitive position can be achieved.
AIC is the UK trade association representing the agricultural supply chain sectors of Arable Marketing, Crop Protection and Agronomy, Feed, Fertiliser and Seeds, since its inception in 2003. In all, AIC represents members responsible for some £9 billion of farm trade. A significant part of its work is political lobbying and influencing as well as supporting members with technical information.
AIC Services, which is the professional services arm of AIC manages a range of services, including Assurance Schemes recognised by UK government as essential tools to underpin feed & food safety alongside fertiliser security. Currently these include:
- Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC)
- Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS)
- Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS)
- European Seed Treatment Assurance (ESTA)
- Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS)
- Feed Adviser Register (FAR)
- Renewable Energy Directive (RED)
- Forage Assurance Scheme (FAA)
- AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme (APOCS)
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