Anderson meets with agricultural lobby before CAP vote

MEP Martina Anderson has met with representatives of the Ulster Farmers’ Union in Brussels to discuss the progress of the CAP reform.

Speaking from Brussels, the Sinn Féin MEP said: “We are reaching a critical stage in the CAP legislative process. Today’s meeting was very useful and paved the way for further cooperation between MEPs, the UFU and IFA together with their Scottish and Welsh counterparts.

“The first vote is taking place in the agriculture committee this week, with a Strasbourg vote expected in March.

“I have been liaising with the Irish presidency, who are prioritising agricultural reform, but it is also necessary to see all the regional administrations working together to ensure a fair deal for our farmers.

“I also plan to bring over a delegation from the sector, from both the north and south of Ireland, to meet with officials and MEPs before the vote in March. It is essential we do as much as possible to make our voices heard.

“We must do our upmost to protect the future of Irish rural communities and working together with our Scottish and Welsh counterparts is essential if we are to get the best deal possible”