Farmers For Action (FFA) plan protest for Belfast

William Taylor, FFA UK NI co-ordinator (right) and FFA Steering Committee Member Sean McAuley
William Taylor, FFA UK NI co-ordinator (right) and FFA Steering Committee Member Sean McAuley

Members of Farmers For Action UK NI will be holding a major protest outside the EU Offices, Dublin Road, Belfast, on Monday, August 24, from noon until 3pm.

Food producers have been encouraged to attend - especially farming families producing beef, lamb, cereals, vegetables, milk, chicken and pork at a loss.

All farm organisations, traders and anyone with a vested interest in a profitable rural economy will be welcome on the day.

The Steering Committee of FFA say that the EU’s disastrous farming policies have been increasingly moulded by the influence in Brussels of large corporate food retailers, large corporate food wholesalers and to a lesser extent large corporate food processors.

An FFA spokesman said: “Now is our opportunity to have our say to the EU as we head towards the 2016 UK EU referendum.

“The protest will highlight this intolerable high-level lobbying and furthermore will serve to hold the EU to account on financial safety nets promised to EU rural dwellers and not delivered, for example Article 39b of the Lisbon Treaty which in short states, rural dwellers are to be properly rewarded for their work.

“We need your help and support - please arrive with your working landrover/jeep and livestock trailers, tractors where possible.”