Tenant farmers from across the county are meeting today to discuss ways in which they can maximise income and share new ideas to progress farming in the future.
The meeting at Norwich has been set up for the county council’s tenant farmers to bring their ideas to the table on how diversification can be improved as well as addressing any obstacles which may lay in the way of grwoing their business.
The possibility of producing biodiesel for sustainable use in the county council’s fleet of buses and the potentila for installing wind turbines on farmland are examples of proposals up for deabte.
Following today’s meeting, set up by the county council’s corporate resources overview and scrutiny panel, councillors in teh working group will make recommendations in due course.
Andrew Charlton, who runs a farm at Stow Bridge, is one of the 50 tenant attending the meeting. He said: “These are difficult times for both landlords and tenants in Norfolk but there I know that there is a great positive feeling among tenants about the working group and a real enthusiasm to get involved.
“Farming tenants benefit from a good working relationship with the county council and communication between the two groups is excellent but it’s important to take stock every now and then as there are always ways we can improve.”