His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended a crisis summit of key figures in the farming and rural sector at Chatsworth House today.
The summit – held as part of Prince Charles’ visit to Derbyshire – had been organised by the Prince’s Countryside Fund to address the charity’s fears that many UK farm businesses are on the brink of collapse.
As well as Prince Charles, the event was also attended by Defra Minister George Eustice MP and key figures from the farming sector including help charities, the banking industry and landowner associations.
Fund trustee Lord Curry of Kirkharle, who chaired the summit, said: “Britain’s farmers are facing a perfect storm this winter. The depression in prices across the main agricultural sectors has been unprecedented in recent years. The volatility in milk prices alone has held the news agenda for months. British lamb and beef prices have been hit by weak export trade and domestic demand. The fact that all commodity prices are so seriously compressed at the same time is almost unparalleled.”
Claire Saunders, director of the fund, said: “The legacy of the summit will be to foster greater collaboration and communication between key players in the agriculture sector.
“By fostering a greater understanding of the challenges facing farming we will go some way to help to solve them.”