FARMERS For Action has
met DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, MP Gregory Campbell and MLA Maurice Bradley to discuss the Northern Ireland Farm Welfare Bill.
FFA put the case on behalf of NI Farm Groups for the Bill to go forward when Stormont eventually sits, explaining that it had already been scruntised by the previous Agriculture Committee and is good to go.
Sean McAuley, FFA Steering Committee, explained during the meeting, held in Coleraine, that the Bill was now needed more than ever to return family farmers a minimum of the cost of production plus a margin inflation linked across all Northern Ireland farm produce.
He said that this would ensure family farmers get properly paid for their produce in order to leave them in a sustainable financial position and allow them to deal with escalating inflation, climate change pressures and changing weather patterns.
It would also allow them to accumulate some reserves, a must for any business to be sustainable, yet currently the majority of family farmers are unable to put monies aside.
Sir Jeffrey explained that in politics many good ideas had come along over the years but fallen as their timing was wrong. However, in the case of the NI Farm Welfare Bill, due to the war in Ukraine, its timing was good.
He also pointed out that food security was of huge concern
in Brussels and in recent weeks the issue was also becoming more important in Westminster circles.
FFA was glad of the opportunity, orgained by Mr Bradley, to put its case to the DUP leader and was appreciative of his offer of an open door when things start to move at Stormont. Meanwhile, FFA will continue to meet the parties and independents to garner support for the NI Farm Welfare Bill ahead of Stormont sitting.
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