Calls to protect farmers from drought threat

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The Government is being called upon to make sure measures are in place to protect the farming industry in the face of potential water shortages later in the year.

The National Farmers’ Union was speaking in advance of a what has been dubbed a “Drought Summit” in Westminster, which will be held on Monday and be attended by Government and other relevant organisations and businesses.

NFU Vice President Gwyn Jones stressed the importance of a unified, joined up approach to water management for the coming year and in the longer term.

“After the driest winter since 1976 in many parts of England, the Environment Agency is already forecasting drought and severe restrictions on irrigation in several Eastern counties,” said Mr Jones.

“This is making farmers and growers extremely anxious.”