Macc farm­ers to help form post-Brexit agri­cul­ture pol­icy

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA -

MAC­CLES­FIELD’S MP met with farm­ers to dis­cuss life after Brexit.

David Rut­ley, the National Farm­ers’ Union (NFU) and Cheshire Young Farm­ers Club (YFC) have com­mit­ted to work­ing to­gether to de­velop a plan that will en­able the gov­ern­ment to sup­port and en­cour­age the next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers.

It was dis­cussed dur­ing a meet­ing of the YFC at Plant House Farm in Prest­bury ear­lier this month.

Han­nah Bar­ton, chair of Cheshire YFC, has agreed to pro­pose pol­icy ideas which Mr Rut­ley will for­ward to Min­is­ters at the Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, Mr Rut­ley had a tour around the new milk­ing par­lour at Plant House Farm which helped high­light the in­vest­ment re­quired in agri­cul­ture.

The new par­lour is much more ef­fi­cient than the pre­vi­ous one and has lower run­ning costs, al­low­ing the Eard­ley fam­ily, re­duc­ing the time it takes to milk.

Mr Rut­ley said: “Fol­low­ing the UK’s with­drawal from the Euro­pean Union, co-oper­a­tion 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 co-oper­a­tion post-Brexit.”

He­len Wainwright from NFU Cheshire said al­most three quar­ters of agri­cul­tural ex­ports go to the EU.

She said: “It’s cru­cial the farm­ing in­dus­try works with MPs to shape what the in­tended trad­ing en­vi­ron­ment will be for Bri­tain post-Brexit.

“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.”

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