Dr Dan held his latest regular farmers breakfast meeting in Needham Market with local farmers from the Ipswich and Stowmarket branch of the National Farmers Union, and used the meeting to update them on the work he has been doing in Parliament to lead on issues surrounding abattoir inspection costs and rural broadband.
A number of other topics were put to Dan by the local farmers, including the cost and availability of high quality diesel for agricultural machinery and the impact of the Government’s recent Nitrate Vulnerable Zones consultation. Dan also heard the views of local poultry processors, who expressed their concerns about the level of compliance by European Union countries with the battery cage ban on egg-laying hens. Dan is currently pushing for a debate in Parliament on this important issue.
Farming plays a key role in our local economy and Dan remains committed to championing Suffolk’s strong agricultural sector. He has already raised the challenges facing local pig and dairy farmers in Parliament, and will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s farmers and local food and drink producers by taking forward the concerns raised at his latest farmers breakfast meeting to Government Ministers.
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