The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in the UK plans to axe a number of senior management staff as part of efforts to reduce costs by £7.8 million, reports Gemma Mackie for The Press and Journal. The UK farm levy body has also unveiled plans to let levy-paying farmers and agricultural businesses vote on the future direction of its activities in spring next year.
It said the bulk of the £7.8m reduction in its annual staff and overheads budget of £29m – accounting for around £6m – would come from the wind-down of its horticulture and potato sector operations. This follows votes earlier this year on the future of a statutory levy for the potato and horticulture sectors – 66.4% of potato businesses voted to stop their levy, while 61% of horticulture business backed ending their theirs too.
AHDB has previously said the closure of both sector divisions will result in the loss of up to 140 jobs, and the organisation said its latest cost-cutting measures will be implemented over the next two years.
Source: The Press and Journal. Full report here