Reply to post: Re: Effects of food import tax

2 weeks till Brexit and Defra, at the very least, looks set to be caught with its IT pants down

Peter2 Silver badge

Re: Effects of food import tax

Picking fruit without damaging it is way more difficult. I think the technology required to do that is about 10 years away.

You think the technology is ten years away? It was thirty years ago. Ten years ago this was winning awards:-

You can look at a wide range of mechanisation equipment on their website:-

How is that ten years away?

The reason Europe has to put large tariffs on to protect our farmers is that the rest of the world is using this stuff, and the EU tarrifs exist to protect the people picking by hand. This is Luddite territory, and absurdly indefensible in the 21st century. While I don't want to see British farmers go out of business and am reasonably happy to pay to maintain British farming I do expect that farming to be done on a modern commercial basis and not as a quasi heritage industry.

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