New hotlines will ensure farmers' voices are heard

FARMERS will now have a hotline direct to the Government after three new Rural and Farming Networks were launched today (Tuesday, April 3)

The networks, announced by Environment Minister Richard Benyon, were set up to identify and feedback local issues and concerns straight to the heart of Government, in order to make policies more rural-friendly.

Mr Benyon said the new groups would give rural communities a voice and ensure their concerns were not neglected by the Government.

“Great business ideas should never be held back by the challenges of a rural location,” he said.

“These Rural and Farming Networks are making us aware of the problems that local businesses face so that we can tackle them and provide the right opportunities for businesses to grow.”

Rural and Farming Networks bring together people from rural communities, rural businesses and the food and farming industries.  

They sit alongside a £165 million package of measures to support rural communities announced in the Rural Economy Growth Review which aims to maximise the economic potential of rural communities and businesses.

The new networks are:

  • The Wessex Rural and Farming Network
  • Cumbria and North Lancashire Farming, Food and Rural Group
  • Cheshire, South and West Lancashire, Merseyside and Manchester Land Use Farming and Rural Group.

Readers' comments (5)

  • So exactly what is the point of a rural local MP then?
    This constant spending on pointless networks is a ridiculous waste - concentrate on broadband rollout not network spend that can then acheive nothing.

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  • I agree Paul, nothing of any merit in that report above.

    we shall have to see how long it lasts and what good then comes of it, and at what price!!

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  • Paul- you are making the assumption that these network groups are funded. They aren't. This will mean that unless they achieve things no one will bother with them so the jury is out!

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  • Would I be correct in thinking that the Govt would like to give the impression that it intends to take some action when the opposite is the case? Will it be any more effective than the Cones Hotline was for motorists?

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  • Sir, waste of time, waste of money, the rural communities do need a voice from their local MP, and NFU, they want to get off their backsides and do something worthwhile.

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