In my allocated time I want to say three things. The first is that, although our finance industry is well known in certain parts of the world, there are probably only two Jersey icons, and they both relate to the countryside. The first is the Jersey cow, and the second is the Jersey Royal potato. In China and the Far East many more people have heard of the Jersey cow than know where Jersey is. We probably do not make sufficient use of these iconic symbols of the Jersey countryside.  They are a valuable part of our cultural heritage and can help the wider diplomatic effort. The big brown eyes of a Jersey cow are much more alluring than the faces of most ministers.

Secondly, agriculture and fisheries are very important local industries which need to be respected as serious forms of economic activity, and supported. Farmers are not gardeners keeping the countryside pretty for tourists and locals, although an ordered landscape is of course a by-product of efficient and responsible farming. I know that bureaucratic red tape is a continuing problem, and although EU requirements are difficult to avoid, we should constantly be trying to make life easier for farmers and fishermen, because we want them to continue to do well.

Thirdly, I want to congratulate the industry on the innovation shown in a number of areas but perhaps most of all by the JMMB. The export of UHT milk to Hong Kong and the development of the ice cream market in the UK have been remarkable triumphs. It is good to see the number of Jersey cattle gradually increasing. This success comes by hard work, not just from employers but from employees too. The statistics show that the average weekly hours of work in agriculture and fisheries is 45, which is 5 hours a week more than the average of all full-time workers. So those employees need to be properly looked after.

A postscript on organic agriculture, as we all had an email from the JOA, of which I have been a member for many years. I re-read the Mark Measures report yesterday and am sure that organic agriculture has a bright future. The Organic Action Plan will form part of the next Rural Economy Strategy, and I hope that the area farmed organically will expand with government support and cooperative innovation from the producers too.