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de Brún to open West Tyrone Farmers Forum

26 March, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Bairbre de Brún MEP will address the West Tyrone Farmers Forum in Greencastle tonight where Sinn Fein will engage with the local community on key issues being addressed at local level, at the Assembly, at Westminster and at EU level.

The event will be held in Greencastle Community Centre on Thursday 26th March at 7.30pm.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Ms de Brún said:

“The Farmers Forums are a key link for those who wish to access elected representatives and raise issues or to discuss current challenges and the way forward.

“Issues discussed at EU level have obviously included the sheep sector, milk prices, the regulations governing the use of pesticides, the Rural Development Programme, the CAP Healthcheck, Farm Nutrient Management Scheme and the need for all-Ireland measures to be put in place regarding animal disease control to avert threats such as bluetongue, foot and mouth disease (FMD) or avian influenza.

“Most recently I have also discussed with our rural communities the consultation process on PPS 21. I would remind those who have raised concerns that they should put these in officially as part of the consultation process.  They would need to send a short note outlining their concerns to the DoE before Tuesday next, 31st March.  Their submission does not need to be lengthy.

“I have raised and will continue to represent our local farmers on a range issues at meetings with European Commissioners and their senior officials as well as on the floor of the European Parliament and at committee meetings.

“Farmers across the EU are facing similar problems and I will continue to strongly argue the case for our local farmers in the weeks and months ahead.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to engage directly with farmers from West Tyrone at tonight’s meeting in Greencastle and I thank Pat Doherty MP for facilitating the discussion.”

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