Simpson welcomes EFRA committee inquiry

David Simpson - Upper Bann.jpg
David Simpson - Upper Bann.jpg

Upper Bann MP David Simpson has said the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry into farmgate prices will be an important platform in which to raise issues affecting the industry.

Mr Simpson, pictured, who is a member of the committee, said he hopes to ensure there is a proper focus on the particular issues affecting Northern Ireland within the inquiry.

The DUP MP said: “The fact the EFRA Committee has taken this step is indicative of the impact low prices have had on the agricultural industry right across the UK. However, Northern Ireland has been more severely affected than other regions and I hope to ensure this fact is recognised within the inquiry.

“I would hope that local farming organisations in particular will respond to the call for written evidence, highlighting the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland. Having recently met with Liz Truss and pressed her on the gravity of the situation, particularly for the dairy sector locally, it is important to maintain the pressure for action.

“The agricultural industry is hugely important to the Northern Ireland economy, but it is vital for any country to have a safe and sustainable food supply. For those reasons I hope that this inquiry will provide a very useful platform to investigate issues affecting the industry and help bring forward solutions for the future.”