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AIC calls on new government for strong leadership on agricultural issues following general election win

13 December 2019

AIC – the UK trade association representing agricultural supply chain sectors responsible for some £9bn of farm trade – have offered congratulations to Boris Johnson following the Conservative victory in the general election, and has called for renewed collaboration and progress to be made in order to deliver sustainable growth and environmental progress for the UK agrifood-supply industry.

“We hope that this is the beginning of a productive session in legislation and leadership for the future of UK agriculture and supply businesses,” says Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive of AIC. “We look forward to working closely with the Defra Ministerial team in discussing these and other goals for the future of the UK agrifood-supply trade,” adds Robert Sheasby. “We know there are key policy, technology and practice tools that already exist, or need support to be developed in the future, to ensure that our world-class industry continues to make a significant contribution to the UK economy and the health and wellbeing of the nation, key to unlocking this is Government working more closely with industry.”

In our manifesto, AIC set out a list of aims and priorities for the agrifood-supply industry. Intended as a guiding document for government and other key stakeholders, the manifesto outlines a framework for future initiatives and a basis for collaboration to build a sustainable and productive future for all.

In particular, there remains a need for the production of healthy and nutritious food, whilst addressing wider issues such as climate change, productivity, waste management, and resource protection in line with consumer expectations, regulatory demands and business needs.

“AIC welcomes the fact that the General Election result will provide a greater degree of certainty, principally over Brexit, than has been the case since 2017,” adds Paul Rooke, Head of Policy at AIC. “Irrespective of views on the UK leaving the EU, we can now start to understand, with a greater degree of clarity, the road ahead. AIC is focused on playing a proactive role and helping Government to shape the future for the UK agri-food sector. A future which we believe promises great opportunities – and it is our duty to help ensure these opportunities are both understood, and delivered, by Government.”

For more information and to read AIC’s election manifesto, visit


About AIC

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


Feed Materials Assurance Scheme


Universal Feed Assurance Scheme


European Seed Treatment Assurance


Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme


Feed Adviser Register


Renewable Energy Directive


Forage Assurance Scheme


AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme

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