Today Anneliese met with representatives from the National Farmers’ Union to discuss a number of issues conerning farmers across the South East.
These issues included the substantial pressure that dairy farmers are currently experiencing due to the falling price of milk, and how new biodiversity requirements are affecting farmers.
The new regulatory context for farming requires farmers to grow different crops within the same farm. This regulation has been implemented to increase biodiversity, however, it is clear that farmers are suffering from this new legislation. Anneliese and other Labour MEPs have consistently argued that crop rotation would also lead to higher levels of biodiversity without damaging farming.
Anneliese said “I was delighted to meet with representatives of the National Farmers’ Union to hear about the issues they are facing. I think it is extremely important that the farming community can get involved in decision making within the European Parliament, and the EU more generally, and I am determined to represent the needs of the agricultural community of the South East to the European Parliament.”