North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has pledged his support for the British farming industry at a National Farmers’ Union event at Westminster this week.
The DUP MP met with NFU President Meurig Raymond to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing the farming community in Northern Ireland as well as those impacting on the UK wide agricultural industry.
Mr Paisley commented: “One of the main issues that I discussed with Mr Raymond was the securing of an export license for Northern Ireland farmers to work with the Far East, something I have been lobbying representatives from the industry both inside and outside the House of Commons since my time in Parliament began.”
Other issues that were discussed included the ongoing debate surrounding the badger cull as well as the price of milk and the specific struggles it is causing for the dairy industry in Northern Ireland.
Mr Paisley continued: “There are so many challenges that have to be tackled head on by this government in order to protect and indeed develop agriculture within Northern Ireland and I was delighted to meet with Mr Raymond to discuss these today.
“I have invited him to come on a visit to North Antrim to give him the opportunity to view first hand the challenges facing this constituency and I look forward to finding a date that suits for this visit to take place.”