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Gildernew launches SF Brexit, farming and Agri-Food policy document in Enniskillen

25 May, 2017 - by Michelle Gildernew

Michelle Gildernew MLA was joined in Enniskillen by MEP Matt Carthy to set out Sinn Féin’s proposals for the agriculture sector in the face of Brexit. 

Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Brexit, Farming and Agri-Food policy document, Michelle Gildernew said:

“Brexit will spell disaster for the farming and agri-food sectors in Fermanagh South Tyrone. EU funding currently makes up 84% of total farm incomes in the North.  This is a significant portion, and provides a lifeline for our farming communities.

“An EU frontier would disrupt highly integrated sectors. At the moment 800 million litres (25%) of our milk travels south every year for processing and 10,000 live pigs travel here from the south every week. These trading routes represent the different processing capacities in different parts of the island and long established cooperation between farming communities.

“Brexit and loss of access to the single market has been a major concern of the farming community since the vote last year. The cost of complying with two different regulatory regimes, having products certified by different bodies, and ensuring packaging meets two different sets of requirements would be disastrous for farmers. 

“The proposals we are setting out this morning provide a number of ideas about how the worst effects of Brexit could be mitigated. They outline exactly how a designated special status for the North of Ireland would work in practice for the agriculture sector.

“If elected on the 8th June, I will be your voice against Brexit, will fight for designated special status and to protect the agriculture and agri food sector.” 

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