I had the pleasure on Monday evening of attending an exclusive evening with the Agribusiness Club members of open questions with Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries (otherwise Jim Paice’s No 2). Richard Benyon was in the Wigton area on Monday and we held our meeting in the Stocksman at Hopes Auction Mart.
Club members are predominately active farmers from the local surrounding areas but also agri business advisors and associates and it was formed by Rory Stewart MP so he could focus on real issues in farming and take these to Westminster. Rory was in attendance on Monday evening, chairing the event. There was some very prominent issues raised with Richard Benyon, specifically on TB and the movement of animals from 'hot spots' into the area and how this could be tightened up. Hill farming and the decreasing uplands being available for sheep farmers, due to increased preservation etc., plus the general financial impact these issue pose.
The club's ability to have 'access' to Parliament representatives is fantastic to air industry issues, as we must keep Briton farming.