Earlier we reported that Farmers For Action and Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association (above, planning) had invited one politician from each political party, including Independents, to give their views on beef, cereals, lamb, milk, pigs, potatoes, poultry, vegetables, followed by a question and answer session. Farmer-diplomat William Taylor (FFA-NI) sends this press release.
Legislation on Farm Gate Prices
At the end of October Northern Ireland Farm Groups Farmers For Action and Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association came together to host a meeting in Cookstown.
Over 200 farmers attended to have their say with Northern Ireland’s politicians from all parties, including independents, in the run up to the May 2016 local election.
The meeting heard the politicians give their views on agriculture, the EU and legislation on farm gate prices which would ensure farmers in NI a minimum of the cost of production plus a margin inflation linked across the staples.
The question and answer part was lively and delivered to the politicians the scale of the current farm gate price crisis in Northern Ireland across the board and the meeting concluded with 2 votes:
- the first, staying in the EU which was 60%/40% to leave.
- the second was do NI farmers support legislation on farm gate prices to stem the food corporate relentless pillage at the farm gate. The vote returned an overwhelming majority – yes vote!
The Tyrone Courier‘s detailed account gave the names of some of the politicians, including Mid-Ulster UUP MLA Sandra Overend; Roger Lomas for NI Conservatives; Independent MLA Claire Sugden from the East Londonderry constituency; East Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Oliver McMullan; the SDLP’s agriculture and rural development spokesman Joe Byrne and Alan Love of UKIP. There was no-one in attendance from the DUP. The press release ends:
NIAPA and FFA would like to extend their sincere thanks for the support of the politicians – a variety of the province’s politicians – who came and blew the cobwebs off Northern Ireland politics and the great turn out of over 200 farmers who came to find out why it will be so important to vote in May 2016 for legislation on farm gate prices.
William Taylor, 56 Cashew Road, Macaque, Colerain, BT51 4NU, Tel. 028 703 43419 / 07909744624 Email firstname.lastname@example.org