This week saw Northern Ireland Farm Groups Farmers For Action and Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association come together to host a meeting in Cookstown, over 200 farmers attended to have their say.
The meeting heard politicians give their views on agriculture, the EU and legislation on farm gate prices. The question and answer part was lively and delivered to the politicians the scale of the current farm gate price crisis in Northern Ireland across the board.
The meeting concluded with 2 votes, the first, staying or leaving the EU, the result of which was 60% / 40% in favour of leaving. The second was do NI farmers support legislation on farm gate prices to stem the food corporate relentless pilage at the farm gate. The vote returned a majority – yes vote.
Commenting on the event, UKIP Representative Alan Love said:
“I was pleased to be able to represent UKIP at what was a very lively meeting on the farm gate pricing crisis which is particularly acute across all agricultural sectors in Northern Ireland.
“As well as me representing UKIP, the Ulster Unionists, SDLP, Sinn Fein and Conservatives were represented along with an Independent MLA. There wasn’t a DUP representative in sight.
“When the vote took place in the room on staying or exiting the EU, It was gratifying to see, in a farming gathering, a definite majority for leave.
“It was also very noticeable that the once supposedly anti-EU Sinn Fein now sing the praises of the EU and seem to regard EU Commissioners’ rulings on a subject as final.”