Herefordshire Society: CLA annual meeting in Herefordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:31 30 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:41 20 February 2013

Herefordshire Society: CLA annual meeting in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Society: CLA annual meeting in Herefordshire

The CLA's Herefordshire branch held its AGM at The Whittern Farms, near Kington, to hear national vice president Henry Robinson explain the key concerns the rural watchdog will be flagging up to the new Government

CLA holds AGM at The Whittern Farms

Pictures by Shaun Thompson

The CLAs Herefordshire branch held its AGM at The Whittern Farms, near Kington, to hear national vice president Henry Robinson explain the key concerns the rural watchdog will be flagging up to the new Government including broadband provision and the Common Agricultural Policy.

The big challenge is to get people to understand that if we want farmers to continue to deliver food, for which the market pays, and environmental goods, for which the market does not pay, then payment for the public goods has to come from the public purse in this case via the Single Farm Payment. Farming must be efficient, competitive and viable in the long term because without a viable farming industry well get neither the food nor the environment we want, he said.

Mr Robinson said that nowhere was this issue better demonstrated than in Herefordshire where livestock farmers were critical to the continued well-being of the environment and landscape and, therefore, to the associated tourist industries.

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