George takes up the reins and calls for better connectivity

George Gittus who has become chairman of Suffolk NFU
George Gittus who has become chairman of Suffolk NFU
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A warning that the county could be divided into a two-tier system of broadband coverage has come from the newly-elected chairman of Suffolk National Farmers’ Union.

George Gittus farms at Great Saxham and said that there was a vital need for improvement to rural broadband and mobile phone coverage.

Speaking about the industry Mr Gittus said:”The mobile signal appears to be getting worse in rural areas, with masts being lost. Everyone expects to have complete coverage but the situation is not getting any better.

“The situation has to be reversed or there will be a complete two-tier system - the rural and the urban. For farm businesses that have been encouraged to diversify they will find themselves struggling to continue if both of these services don’t improve,” he said.

Mr Gittus who has diversified his business so that the farm provides arable cropping and an outdoor pig enterprise, also runs a business park and a newly developed anaerobic digestion plant, the latter jointly with another Suffolk business MaterialChange.

His family has farmed in West Suffolk for more than 150 years and he stressed it was important that a positive message about food quality should go forward .

“Farmer’s do a really good job of producing quality food and looking after the environment. It’s up to everyone to take that message forward.”