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Farmers to hear from EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan in EU referendum debates

Farmers in Wales and Scotland will have the opportunity to hear the views of EU Agricultural Commissioner Phil Hogan at two events ahead of the EU referendum.  

Mr Hogan will debate whether farmers would be better off in or out of the union with UKIP Member of the European Parliament Stuart Agnew, at Bishops Meadow, Hay Road, Brecon, Powys, from 7.30pm on Tuesday (May 10).

 

NFU Scotland will host a debate featuring Mr Hogan and a member of the Leave campaign, yet to be announced, at the MacRobert Pavilion within the Royal Highland Showground near Edinburgh on Thursday May 19.

 

NFUS president Allan Bowie said: “Given the importance of Europe as a market for our produce, and the Common Agricultural Policy as a major support structure for our iconic food and farming industries, debate on the issue of EU membership is of huge significance to every farmer and crofter in Scotland.

 

“We have said before that farmers would prefer to farm without the financial support they receive from the EU but the reality is that most don’t make enough from selling their produce in the marketplace – either at home or in export markets - for this to be possible.

 

“This event will provide all those engaged in this fundamental debate on Scotland and the UK’s future with a fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand what ongoing EU membership or Brexit might meant to them.

 

“To ensure that Scotland’s farmers and crofters know where to put their cross come June 23, we need an informed discussion from those at the centre of the debate and this is shaping up to being a hugely important event in the run up to the referendum."

 

A spokesman for the event in Wales said the debate would be of great significance to every farmer within Wales.

 

“The CAP and its impact on Welsh farming is hugely topical at present and the chance to hear what will undoubtedly be very different views from these two hugely influential figures will be absolutely fascinating," he said.

 

“I would urge all farmers and those with an interest in agriculture to attend the debate and have their say on the issue.”

 

John Davies, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society chairman will chair the meeting.

 

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