NFU members met Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP (Brighton, Kemptown) to discuss farming matters related to Brexit, future farm support, countryside care and rural policing.
On Wednesday January 3, the MP toured the 600-acre arable and beef enterprise at Bevendean Farm, Woodingdean, thanks to host farmer Stuart West.
There he saw crop production and the farm’s extensive conservation work under the Higher Level Stewardship scheme on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
NFU Advisers James Osman and Scott Pepe attended. Mr Pepe said: “Mr Russell-Moyle was very generous with his time. During his two hour visit, we were able to highlight the huge benefits farming brings for the landscape, food production and the economy of Brighton. We discussed a wide range of issues including post Brexit agricultural policy and farm support.
“The MP understood the needs of agriculture and horticulture for non UK workers to perform seasonal tasks. We also had a good discussion on trade post Brexit. The MP recognised that future trade deals should not result in our farmers facing unfair competition from cheap food imports produced to lower food safety and animal welfare standards than those in the UK,” explained Mr Pepe.
He added: “We hope to be able to work with the MP on some key issues affecting Brighton’s farmers in the near future, particularly ways to tackle livestock worrying. Sussex has the highest incidence of dog attacks on farm animals of any county in the UK.”