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AIC is new body in supply industry.

Businesses in the agricultural supply industry have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the formation of a new representative body, the Agricultural Industries Confederation.

The AIC will replace the United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade Association (Ukasta) and the Fertilisers Manufacturers Association (FMA).

Its membership will include all the major distributors of agricultural chemicals, currently within the Agrochemical Distribution Association (ADA).

Members of these organisations cast their votes at Extraordinary General Meetings of the FMA and Ukasta on April 30.

Now AIC has a mandate to give clear leadership and effective representation to the businesses that market most of the UK's ex farm grain and supply UK agriculture with seeds, feeds, fertilisers and agricultural chemicals.

These businesses have a total turnover in agriculture topping pounds 6bn annually.

Dr Helen Raine, chairman of Ukasta, said: "Our aim is to work with other stakeholders, to fully support and contribute to a sustainable UK agricultural industry.

"We aim to give the public sector greater confidence that modern and commercial farming methods contribute substantially to safer food production and higher quality standards for the food that they eat."

Stan Denby, president of the Fertilisers Manufacturers Association, said: "The AIC will represent its member's interests with Government and, in conjunction with other organisations, develop and contribute ideas and solutions to ensure that the UK has a major role to play in the development of European agriculture."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 5, 2003
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