Farmers march to ask government if they want farming to continue in Britain

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Farmers For Action are holding a march in London on Wednesday 23 March 2016 to represent all sectors of the farming industry – pig farmers, horticulturists, dairy farmers and other food producers.

They will appeal to Government to back British agriculture. “We’re not going there asking for money,” said David Handley FFA). What we want is for Government to decide if they want farming to exist in the UK or if they just want food from anywhere in the world.

“We’re importing vast quantities of produce into this country which could easily be grown by UK farmers.”

As this is the last sitting of parliament and also the last Prime Minister’s Questions before the Easter recess, MPs will be in London and – hopefully – support this event.

This will be billed as a “celebration of farming” and they are keen that the event promotes, to the general public, why farming is so important to the countryside and the wider economy. The event will also be an opportunity to convey some key messages about the challenges currently being felt by many farmers in all sectors.

The march will assemble at Waterloo Place, SW1 at 11.00 am, and then make its way to Trafalgar Square where there will be media and press calls, and where food producers can talk to the general public and hand out various marketing material including Red Tractor, etc.

They will then continue straight down Whitehall to Downing Street where a small delegation will be given access to No 10 Downing Street to present a letter to Rt Hon David Cameron outlining their concerns for their industry and the failure of his Ministers to represent farming interests and the lack of power given to the Grocery Code Adjudicator, amongst other issues.

All sectors of the farming community are urged to come and join FFA on 23 March 2016 in a show of unity, sending a very strong message to the government that they will not allow their great industry, which is the backbone of the UK, to go down the same route as the coal and steel industry.

On www.farmersforaction.org, and Facebook Farmers4Action, there is information about coaches that are being provided for transport to the capital from various parts of the country.

For further details contact FFA on 01291 690224/07710 640567 or e mail secretary@farmersforaction.org

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