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FFA set for follow-up protest as industry demands answers from Government

Farmers For Action (FFA) chairman David Handley suggested the industry needed answers and claimed the forthcoming protest would see tractors on the streets of the capital


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Farmers For Action (FFA) has said it will protest again on the streets of London to keep the issue of farmers’ current troubles in the public eye and prompt a response from Government to the industry’s questions.

 

The announcement follows last week’s demonstration which saw more than 1,000 farmers take to London’s streets to call for guidance from Government on the future direction of the farming industry and raise supply chain issues to the general public.

 

Hopes for greater power to the Grocery Code Adjudicator were a central theme of the protest.

 

FFA was due to hold a committee meeting this week which would discuss whether to move forward with plans for the follow-up demonstration, set to be held on June 22, the day before the EU referendum vote.

 

FFA chairman David Handley told Farmers Guardian: "If we have not had any response or start to see some announcement in terms of what we and the rest of the industry was asking for, we want to go in the day before the vote and take machinery with us."

 

"We cannot let this go, not for any FFA agenda but because those people who turned up in London wanted to make a point."

 

Last week’s protest was declared a success by those who took part. It culminated with a procession to Downing Street by farmers. FFA leader David Handley and a small delegation delivered a letter addressed to prime minister David Cameron.

 

The letter asked Mr Cameron: "Are you going to give more powers to the GCA to investigate the supply chain? As you will be well informed this is totally dysfunctional at the moment."

 

Protestors speaking to FG on the day pointed to the power of retailers across the food supply chain and the need for Government to take action to protect the agricultural industry.


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