UK unions seek way forward on CAP

LIVESTOCK representatives from the UK and Irish farming unions have agreed to continue to work together to secure a strong a fully-funded CAP following a meeting in Edinburgh.

The regular meeting, which involved members and staff from the NFU, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru, the Ulster Farmers’ Union and Irish Farmers’ Association, also condemned the EU’s decision to re-open trade talks with South America and voiced concerns about the impact such talks could have on the UK and Irish livestock sectors.

NFU livestock board chairman Alistair Mackintosh said the farming organisations were ‘very clear’ the single payment must be fully protected and paid to active livestock producers.

Referring to the trade talks, which he said were ‘contradictory to EU agricultural policy’, he added: “Allowing an increase in beef imports from Brazil and other South American countries compromises the demands placed on European farmers.”

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