A UK Government minister has reassured farmers on Anglesey that new trade deals will not lower food standards during an online Zoom call organised by Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie.

Department for International Trade (DIT) minister Greg Hands met with the NFU, FUW, farmers and young farmers for the 50-minute chat.

The discussion covered concerns raised by the farming community about the UK potentially joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the impact of a widely-anticipated trade agreement with Australia. 

During a Q&A session, concerns were raised the UK market might be flooded with cheaper meat that had not been produced under the same standards, if new deals are brokered.

The minister reassured everyone present that standards would not be lowered and that imports will need to meet the same requirements as UK farmers.

Also discussed was opening up markets for UK produce to be sold abroad and the potential for a range of different markets including the US and the middle east. 

DIT offers comprehensive support for farmers to export their goods, the meeting heard.

“Many thanks to Greg Hands for taking the time to speak to Anglesey’s farmers, who are concerned about new post-Brexit trade agreements and how it could impact their livelihoods,” said Virginia.

“I hope everyone went away very much reassured that the UK Government is committed to high food and animal welfare standards as it negotiates new trade deals. It is also committed to supporting our UK farmers in reaching out to new markets across the globe.

“It is really important I am able to get UK ministers to meet with people on Anglesey to discuss issues that are important to them and this was a positive meeting.”

Greg Hands added: “It was a pleasure to spend time with the Anglesey young farmers and other key stakeholders and their brilliant MP Virginia Crosbie this morning.

“It was a good chance to talk about export opportunities for Welsh agriculture and to answer questions about the Australia trade deal.”

Some of those who attended the meeting today were: NFU Cymru Anglesey County Chairman , Brian Bown, NFU County Advisor Iestyn Pritchard, FUW Policy Communications Officer Gareth Parry and Anglesey County executive officer Alaw Mair Jones.

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