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British government must not attack Agriculture in EU budget talks

13 May, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP, Westminster


Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brun has stressed that the new British government needs to move away from the present stance of seeking cuts in the EU agriculture budget in order to boost other sectors of the economy.

Speaking from the Balmoral Show, Bairbre de Brun MEP said:

"Farming and the food industry are hugely important for our local economy and plans for economic recovery have to take account of the fact that over 70,000 people are employed in the agri-food sector here.

"While there are some hopeful signs for the farming and agri food sector here many challenges remain and decisions taken at EU level will have a big impact on this.

"Our local Minister Michelle Gildernew has been fighting hard for farmers in Brussels but until now the British government has been seeking cuts in the EU agriculture budget in order to boost other sectors of the economy.

"The new British government must not attack Agriculture in the upcoming EU budget talks and must ensure that the new DEFRA Minister plays a much more positive role in the talks on CAP reform" ENDS

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