MP for Ynys Môn Virginia Crosbie yesterday hosted a private zoom meeting with Brian Bown, NFU Cymru Anglesey Country Chairman, his team and the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Rt Hon George Eustice MP, where they discussed in detail the new Agricultural Bill and how it will support and protect farmers on Ynys Môn. Mr Bown raised the concerns of the Anglesey farming community regarding food safety and the new Agricultural Bill.
This followed a meeting last week with NFU Cymru and the Shadow Secretary of State for Agriculture, Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS. Another meeting is planned with the Farmers’ Union of Wales and Ffermwyr Ifanc Môn. Only a few weeks ago Virginia welcomed the Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP onto the island and took the Minister to meet farmers near Llangefni.
NFU Cymru Anglesey County Chairman Brian Bown who farms cattle on the island said “Ensuring that UK farmers’ high standards of production in relation to animal welfare, food security and the environment are protected, and not undermined, must be of the highest priority for Government when striking any future trade deals.”
After the meeting Ms Crosbie said ‘Farming is vital to my constituency of Ynys Môn and I am doing everything I can to ensure that the concerns of farmers on Anglesey are being heard loud and clear by the people in government making our national policies’.
In the meeting the Secretary of State confirmed that ‘the Government would not undermine domestic producers by exposing them to lower standard goods from other countries.’ He went on to confirm that ‘existing domestic law prohibits the sale of chlorine washed chicken and also beef and poultry that have been treated with hormones.’ Furthermore, he added that ‘the proposed amendment would affect existing continuity agreements with the EU and more than 30 other countries including Japan and Canada. Japan in particular creates opportunities for beef and pork.’
Ms Crosbie ended the meeting by inviting the Minister to visit Anglesey where he could taste delicious Welsh lamb and hopefully visit the Anglesey Show.