04 NOV 2016

Secretary of State to address farmers over Brexit in Maidstone & The Weald


Brexit was the top of the agenda for a group of farmers and NFU representatives when they met with Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant recently.

During a visit to the 1500 acre environmentally responsible 'Eckley Farm' in Staplehurst a range of issues were raised including the continuing use of Glyphosate for weed control, a prickly issue in Europe, seasonal workers, the future of the common agricultural payment and more.

Helen was on the front foot from the beginning announcing that lead Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom, now Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, had agreed to come to the Constituency in the new year. She will address the farming community with a progress report on Brexit in an agricultural context and listen to the concerns of stakeholders.

Mrs Grant then toured the 'No-till'* farm to see examples of diversification in modern farming, from rape seed oil and feed pellets to traditionally milled flour for artisan bakeries.

Commenting on her visit Helen said "I have asked our farmers to present me with their top issues regarding Brexit, the possible effects upon agriculture, and identify an opportunities that they feel government can pursue through the UK leaving the EU. I will then put these to the Ministry ahead of Mrs Leadsome's visit to set up a really constructive dialogue. I will do all I can to help our farmers through the Brexit transition and secure the best possible deal for them, working with DEFRA and the NFU'

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