22nd January 2017
Farmers in Cheshire have joined Macclesfield MP David Rutley in showing "commitment to the industry" as the UK begins the process of leaving the EU.
At a Farmers Forum, Mr Rutley met with members of the National Farmers Union and agreed a plan will be put in place to “ensure the success of the sector.”
He says its a vital part of the local economy.
Helen Wainwright Cheshire County Advisor at the NFU agrees, and says its critical the sector in Cheshire is protected in Brexit negotiations, “It’s crucial the farming industry works with MPs to shape what the intended trading environment will be for Britain post-Brexit.
“72% of agricultural exports go to the EU with some sectors being heavily dependent on trade with the rest of Europe. For example, of £300m UK lamb exports, £290m came from sales to Europe, and 78% of wheat and barley exports went to the EU.
“We all need to ensure that British farming has a profitable, productive and resilient future post-Brexit and that a post-Brexit Britain truly does work for everyone.”
MP David Rutley said, “Following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, cooperation between politicians, the Government and the next generation of farmers will be crucial to ensuring that the rural economy continues to prosper.
“I am grateful to the NFU and YFC for committing to such cooperation post-Brexit. I would also like to thank the Eardley family for hosting this important meeting, and for the tour of their new parlour. I wish them every success for the future.”
It was held in Prestbury, where new facilities have said to increase efficiency in milk production, which Mr Rutley says highlights the importance of investment in the sector.
Image: Members of the NFU, Cheshire Young Farmers Club and MP David Rutley.