Episode 17 Unpicking 2020 season with Keith Christian and Martin Rickatson
Chris Biddle is joined this week by Keith Christian, Director of BAGMA (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association) and leading agricultural journalist Martin Rickatson to reflect on the 2020 season for the Agri-Turf industry - and provide some thoughts on the months ahead.
The episode was recorded in the midst of the final Brexit talks to decide on the terms of the UK's withdrawal agreement from the EU which comes into force on 31 December 2020. With much of the detail yet to be agreed there is a likelihood that Britain may leave without an agreement.
So much of the talk surrounds the likely impact of Brexit but also takes in the ongoing consolidation of dealers, the likelihood of manufacturer owned dealerships, the need for manufacturers and dealers to work together, likely mergers and acquisitions, the introduction of robots into farming and the likely effect on the machinery market as subsidies are removed over the next few years.