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Landworkers' Alliance blasts Conservative policies as it announces support for FFA march

The organisation claimed the Conservatives’ focus on sustainable intensification had created a situation which undermined UK family farms

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The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) has announced its support of Wednesday’s (March 23) Farming to London demonstration.

 

Organised by Farmers For Action, the march will see UK farmers taking to Westminster to raise the farm industry’s issues to the general public and lobby for greater Government leadership in the industry.

 

The LWA said members would be travelling to London from across the UK to show solidarity with the UK’s farming community. It claimed farmers’ livelihoods had been ’undermined’ by the Conservative government’s policies.

 

LWA spokesperson Ed Hamer said: "We commend Farmers For Action (FFA) for calling this demonstration to highlight the inequality of the UK’s agriculture industry."

 

He claimed the Conservative government’s drive for ’sustainable intensification’ had focused public support on intensive technologies and markets. Mr Hamer claimed this had led to price volatility and had undermined family farmers.

 

"We would instead like to see progressive agricultural policy combined with market regulations that allow farmers to maintain traditional farming skills and knowledge whilst also being able to earn a livelihood from their land," he added.

 

"We should not be faced with the single choice of ‘getting big or getting out’. We stand in solidarity with the majority of the UK’s farmers in recognizing the social and environmental assets provided by a thriving rural economy."

 

A lack of clarity from Government on the future of family farmers is a prime reason for Farmers For Action’s March to London. FFA chairman David Handley spoke to Farmers Guardian earlier this month about his hopes for the demonstration and his own future.


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