Liberal Democrat Minister for Agriculture and Food, David Heath MP, will be visiting North Northumberland soon to find out first-hand what concerns farmers in the area have.
Joined by Berwick’s MP Sir Alan Beith, Mr Heath will be holding a forum for farmers at Wooler Mart Café on Friday, August 9 from 9.30am-11.30am. Refreshments will be provided and there is no charge for the event.
Sir Alan said: “I am delighted to welcome David to the region. This is the first time we have had a visit from a government minister with specific responsibility for farmers coming to north Northumberland; it will be a great opportunity for local farmers to share their views with the man who can really make a difference in Westminster.
“I am sure David will be given a warm welcome by local farmers and I hope they will be encouraged to hear about some of the work he is doing in government to give them a helping hand. I am sure this forum will be very helpful to him in that work.”
Local farmer and Liberal Democrat Coun Dougie Watkin added: “Both arable and stock sectors have been under immense pressures for the last 12 months. The unique situation with the weather has put a whole new series of demands on farmers, particularly tenant farmers, within the county.
“This is a really useful opportunity for farmers to express their concerns to the Minister and a particular opportunity for him to hear how important the Common Agricultural Policy is to farmers in Northumberland.
“It is also an opportunity to express concerns about the potential disruption of the economy of huge parts of the county if Scotland were to become independent and end up outside the European Union. This would have a devastating effect on livestock producers within Northumberland and an unquantifiable effect on other farmers.”
Local farmers who are interested in attending are asked to call Sir Alan Beith MP’s office on 01665 602901 and leave a message or email Clare Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org to say how many places they would like, so that the event’s organisers have an idea of how many people to expect on the day.