Michael Fabricant met with local farmers and with Simon Spencer of the National Farmers Union (NFU) near Lichfield this morning (1st July) at Ashmore Brook Farm in Cross in Hand Lane to discuss the acute problems now facing the farming industry.
“The Ukraine War and UK Immigration issues are causing farmers across the country real hardship” Michael says. “Fertiliser costs have risen from around £300 per tonne in January 2021 to approaching £1,000 per tonne now. Meanwhile the cost of red diesel used in tractors and other farm vehicles has soared too. And despite the visa programme, there is still a shortage of farm labourers coming to the UK from Europe.
“We discussed these and a number of other issues including threats from travellers to local farmers and I will be taking all these matters up with the Government and local authorities including the police.
“I very much agree with the NFU who say that with the present military situation in Ukraine, Britain should aim to become as self-sufficient in food production as is possible. Who knows what threats might face Britain in the future?”
Photo shows in front row (l to r) Michael Fabricant, James Daw,
and Chris Broome who owns Ashmore Brook Farm.