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North disregarded in post-Brexit agricultural planning by British Government - Greene

Published: 22 October, 2018

Erne East Sinn Féin Councillor, Sheamus Green, has hit out at British planning for agriculture post-Brexit which disregards uniqueness of North.

Councillor Greene said,

"Plans for agriculture post-Brexit which have been drawn up by the British government, as with their Brexit in general, shows complete disregard for agriculture in the North post-Brexit.

"CAP direct payments, which our small farms in the North rely on, are due to finish with Brexit next year. The proposed system being put forward by the British government has been designed specifically with England in mind. Again, this is reminiscent of the Brexit debacle.

"This affects farmers directly, but indirectly will have a huge impact on our rural economy when businesses and services dependant on income generated by farming are also hit hard.

"The NI Affairs Committee has said that this will have a serious impact on the North if it is not modified to reflect the specific needs of farming here which face unique challenges and vulnerabilities.

"It does not take into account the thousands of small farmers who are continuing to farm marginal land, such as hill farms.

"The Affairs Committee has expressed concern also at DAERA and civil servants here not engaging with farmers here and not relaying the specific needs of farmers here to feed in to this policy.

"This is the latest in a string of policies concocted in Westminster which totally ignore communities here. Sinn Féin will be raising this at the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council's Special Brexit Meeting this Thursday night."