MORE than 45 farmers and stakeholders concerned about the future of farming in the county participated in a virtual farming roadshow hosted by a county deputy.
Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border, said farmers joined the event to voice their concerns about new farm finance schemes. It was the second in a series of virtual farm tours by the MP giving farmers the chance to raise issues directly with authorities.
The panel was comprised of Janet Hughes, Program Manager, Future Farming and Countryside Programme, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and Sandy Kapila, Account Manager, Rural Payments Agency ( RPA).
Farmers who joined the roadshow received an update from Janet Hughes on the implementation of current programs, as well as additional details on the Future Farming and Countryside Program (FFCP).
This was followed by a Q&A session on a wide range of topics, including new environmental land management (MEP) schemes, food security and trade agreements.
Janet Hughes said: “It has been great to meet the farmers of Cumbria again and hear their questions and concerns – I have been hugely grateful to those who have taken the time to connect with what I know to be a very busy time of the year.”
Following the event, Dr Hudson said, “I hope this session will further enable DEFRA and RPA to accurately support those dedicated to the agriculture industry with the highest standards in animal welfare and the environment.