U.K. Land Drainage Contractors merge with larger ag lobbying group

Drainage Contractor
Monday, 04 February 2019 | United Kingdom
By Drainage Contractor
NAAC Land Drainage members at inaugural meeting.
NAAC Land Drainage members at inaugural meeting.
The Land Drainage Contractors Association (LDCA) has merged with the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) to form a stronger voice for land drainage contractors in the United Kingdom.

Forming a new section of the NAAC, the contractors will reap the benefits of being part of a larger organization, while retaining and consolidating their lobbying power.

Originally part of the NAAC, the LDCA broke away in 1984 but, as the industry has changed, positive agreement was reached to re-unite the sector and go back into the NAAC fold.

Numerous issues are now firmly on the NAAC Land Drainage radar including endorsing the benefits of land drainage to increase crop yields and mitigate flood risk. The sector will be engaging with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that messages are reinforced and the professionalism of the sector is promoted.

“With an estimated 90 percent of drainage work in the UK carried out by contractors, this is an important area for the NAAC,” said Duncan Russell, NAAC chief executive. “We will be putting on training courses and technical seminars and updating and guidance and Codes of Best Practice on land drainage. All will be available soon on the NAAC website.”

Tenders that had stipulated LDCA members should also now be reviewed to specify NAAC Land Drainage contractors. All members agree to comply with the NAAC Code of Conduct and insurance requirements. In addition, the NAAC will be publishing specific guidance on land drainage.

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