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23/11/2012

Regional Discussion Forum - South West farmers to have a say on European policy

Lunchtime Debate:
Sowing the seeds of a new Common Agricultural Policy


Farmers in the South West were given the chance to tell local MEPs what they thought of European policy for agriculture (CAP) at this event with the European Parliament.

The event was organised by the European Parliament in association with NFU South West. Feedback from the South West rural community was used to help develop and influence policy in areas such as agriculture, employment, regeneration and EU regional funding.

This is the first time that the European Parliament office in the UK has held an event of this kind in Exeter. It gave farmers, rural businesses and countryside organisations in Devon the opportunity to hear more about how the CAP is being reformed and to have their say on how current EU policies are affecting them.

Local MEPs Julie Girling (Con) and Sir Graham Watson (Lib) debated the latest developments of the CAP reforms with representatives from the local farming and business community.

Discussions also focused on other key issues that are affecting the South West agriculture sector including Bovine TB, Marine Protected Areas, the EU Water Framework Directive and the Nitrate Directive.