Congleton MP Fiona Bruce met with Cheshire NFU Council Delegate Stuart Yarwood, Cheshire NFU County Chairman Ray Brown and Helen Wainwright who is Cheshire NFU’s county adviser at the end of September. Incidentally, all three are constituents of Mrs Bruce.
One of the main topics for discussion was Brexit and how the industry can ensure that it negotiates the best outcome for British agriculture.
Stuart Yarwood said: “It’s essential to ensure that we have access to markets following Brexit and we have to make sure we have the right people negotiating for us. Any deals negotiated should never be at the expense of British agriculture.”
Helen Wainwright added: “The outcome of the referendum has shown that people want to feel more British. Food is vital to the nation but the British farmer needs to have better engagement with the general public. The ask from Mrs Bruce was for the Government to help promote the importance of British agriculture and help raise awareness to the consumer of British quality standard marks such as the Red Tractor.”
Following the meeting Fiona Bruce MP said: “It is vital that the Government prioritises working with our farmers to ensure the best possible outcome from Brexit for them. They work incredibly hard and long hours to produce the food we need which in this country is of such high quality. They deserve nothing less than our full support and that of all those at Westminster."
Thanks go to the Yarwood family at Lower Medhurst Green Farm, Congleton for hosting.