The NFU, HTA and RHS are set to address the Lords on issues related to production and trade

Industry representatives are taking their turn to address the Horticultural Sector Committee’s inquiry into the key challenges facing the sector. 

At 10.30am on Thursday 16 March the Lords committee will be hearing from NFU president Minette Batters, HTA chairman James Barnes and RHS director general Clare Matterson. 

The evidence session is open to the public and will be held in Committee Room 4 of the House of Lords, and streamed live on Parliament TV.

Topics the committee is likely to cover include:

  • The horticultural sector’s value to the UK
  • Key challenges faced by horticultural businesses today
  • The government’s horticultural business support package
  • How the government is helping horticultural businesses to achieve net-zero targets
  • Opportunities presented to the sector by research and development in science and technology
  • Post-Brexit opportunities and risks
  • The Retained EU Law Bill and its implications for the sector
  • Lessons that can be learnt from horticultural policy overseas and in the devolved administrations.

 The inquiry kicked off on 9 March, hearing from Defra officials.