1st September 2015 –
FARMERS NEED HELP NOT FANCY WORDS, SWANN TELLS DARD
Members of the farming community who joined with UUP representatives in Ballycastle to discuss the current crisis in the sheep and beef sectors.
Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assembly and member of the Stormont Agriculture Committee, has called on the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development “to step up to the mark and get real cash aid to farmers, especially in the sheep and beef sectors”.
Assemblyman Swann, who is also UUP Chief Whip and North Antrim UUP Chairman, is a Past President of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster and Past Chairman of the influential Rural Youth Europe organization.
Mr Swann issued his challenge to DARD after he and his party colleagues, Cllr Sandra Hunter and Jim Nicholson MEP, held an open meeting in Ballycastle with local sheep and beef farmers.
Mr Swann said: “The purpose of this crucial meeting was to allow farmers from the constituency the opportunity to voice their concerns surrounding the current financial state of agriculture and poor returns.
“A lot of key points were made by the farmers present including the differential in price of lambs and cattle in Northern Ireland compared with those in Great Britain, product labelling, and especially the poor support from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
“DARD really does not need to step up to the mark and ensure that it gets the real cash aid to the farming community, particularly in the sheep and beef sectors.
“Our farming community needs vital cash aid – not fancy words,” said Assemblyman Swann.
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