NFU poultry producers meet with parliamentarians

25 March 2024

The NFU poultry team stood outside of the houses of parliament

NFU members had the chance to raise their concerns directly with MPs at a producer drop-in breakfast with the eggs, pigs and poultry APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group).

There were 25 MPs and Peers in attendance, including the Farming Minister Mark Spencer and the Shadow Farming Minister Daniel Zeichner.

APPGs are informal cross-party groups formed by MPs and members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country.

The Eggs, Pigs and Poultry APPG raises the concerns and interests of the respective sectors and is supported by the NFU, BEIC, BPC and the NPA.

Highlighting the key asks of the next government

The drop-in breakfast was an opportunity to highlight the APPG’s key asks of the next government to ensure the egg, pig and poultry producers can continue to deliver for the environment, economy and local communities.

These included:

  • access to skilled workers
  • ensuring a level playing field within trading opportunities
  • protecting UK biosecurity
  • reducing input costs.

Mark Spencer and Daniel Zeichner both spoke at the event.

Mark Spencer highlighted the government’s intention to increase transparency across the three sectors via new regulations for the pig and egg sectors, as well as a review into fairness in the poultry supply chain.

Daniel Zeichner called for the need to protect the production standards of British eggs, pigs and poultry producers, whose high environmental and animal welfare standards must not be undermined by new trade deals.

It was a successful event, with NFU members having the opportunity to engage with MPs and Peers and share the challenges impacting the industry and their farming businesses.

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