Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minutes of Evidence


FMD Recovery Phase 2 Activity

RegionActivity since Phase 1 seminars Planned Phase 2 Activity from mid October
South West   Initial Stakeholder meeting has taken place
  Mailshot sent to 7,000 Form `D's (130 replies to date)
  Analysis of Phase 1 seminar feedback forms
  Discussion with specific groups eg NFU and SW Quality Meats
  12-15 recovery workshops (depending upon demand), target number 25-30 farmers per event. Subject areas based on seminar feedback forms
  workshops linking themes eg local food and tourism or redundant farm buildings and planning, demonstrating the role of grant schemes rather than explaining how they operate
  plugging in to other `extension' activity eg NFU planning meetings on Organic Farming this Autumn
West Midlands   Stakeholder debriefing has taken place
  Analysis of Phase 1 seminar feedback forms
  Assessment of stakeholder activity
  demand led seminars likely to focus on:
      the red meat sector and marketing/producer group development in conjunction with the MLC, open to all farmers and managed on small geographic groups
      agri-environment and diversification opportunities in conjunction with FWAG (3 farmer meetings planned)
  involvement with the NFU West Midlands series of county seminars (joint NFU/CLA/Ca initiative with GOWM backing)
  RDS will participate in the farmer workshops and respond to any ERDP enquiries and wider FMD recovery needs
North West   Building network of contacts made during the 9 seminars delivered during July and August
  Analysis of feedback forms from seminars
  Discussions with those stakeholders managing delivery of seminars in Cumbria and the role of RDS, re ERDP information etc
  meeting with statutory and non-statutory partner organisations planned for 11 October
  Cumbria Organics planning a trip to RDS Crewe to establish modus operandi of OFS
  Involvement in 6 surgeries organised by Cumbria Credits
  Training FBAS advisers re integrated business/conservation advice
  Presentations and involvement in Farmers Weekly/Nat West Seminar at Newton Rigg in October
  Presentations to farmer groups in Lancashire and Warrrington in November
North East   `Blue Box' restrictions have curtailed proactive activity
  focus groups and further research being planned to gauge farmer needs in a more focussed way, giving farmers ownership of initiatives—October/November
  smaller local workshops will be delivered on the basis of the needs assessment exercise
  regional bulletin planned aimed to reach critical groups eg sheep farmers in the uplands
  proposal from the Regional Development Agency to use the contact service as a brokerage facility for feed, grazing, livestock this Autumn
  involvement in Forestry Commission seminar on Energy Crops
Yorkshire and Humber   Stakeholder debriefing has taken place
  Analysis of Phase 1 seminar feedback forms
  Assessment of stakeholder activity
  Meeting with farmers and Business Link representatives to develop a group approach to the delivery of FBAS in Wensleydale
  Providing a specification for the nominated FBAS adviser to the Wensleydale based on integrated advice principles
  Involvement in the recruitment process for the dedicated adviser in Wensleydale
  3rd Phase 1 seminar planned for 11 October at Marton Hall Hotel, Teesside for the Thirsk and North Yorkshire Moors farmers
  6 restocking seminars planned with SVS restocking unit at Leeds, on 26 and 27 September and 2, 3, 17 and 18 October—700 farmers invited
  2 seminars to be delivered in the Settle/Skipton area, on diversification and agri-environment, working with local training group (already beneficiaries of VTS funds). Open to all farmers
  business skill seminars being planned for delivery with FBAS advisers in attendance
  consideration being given to `preparing an ERDP application' seminar
  working with nominated adviser to the Wensleydale Group to develop a programme of activity including seminars on marketing (beef, milk and sheep), farm diversification and agri-environment
East Midlands   direct contact via phone with all affected farmers in the region   ERDP workshops being planned in response to demand
East   direct contact via phone with all affected farmers in the region   ERDP workshops being planned in response to demand
South East   direct contact via phone with all affected farmers in the region
  stakeholder meeting addressing wider rural economy issues and impact on rural tourism
  series of ERDP workshops being planned for this Winter under the heading `Opportunities to obtain help in developing your business'
  participating organisations include LANTRA, FBAS, GOSE, NFU, CLA and SEEDA
  consideration being given to delivering a large-scale conference in the Spring of 2002 (in the wake of Policy Commission Recommendations) on the future for the regions agriculture.

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