TAUNTON MP Rebecca Pow attended an event with the new Secretary of State for DEFRA, Michael Gove to discuss the future direction for the British agriculture sector following Brexit negotiations.
This is the first parliament to legislate on farming issues for forty years.
Michael Gove commented that more high quality and better care of the national environment is needed when thinking about Brexit.
Speaking at the event, The Rt Hon Michael Gove said, “I am looking forward to extending my knowledge of British food and drink. Agriculture contributes £8.5 billion to the UK economy. This is a tremendous opportunity to take back control and ensure farmers are enabled.
We are listening and want to assure those who live and work in the countryside feel as valued as they should be.
He also pledged to build links with education, to teach young people and children where their food comes from, as part of the National Curriculum.
Taunton Deane MP, Rebecca Pow said, “Not only does agriculture and farming play a large part in our national economy, it is also vital to the local economy in Taunton Deane, with its large rural hinterland. I was really delighted to have an early meeting with the new Secretary of State, Michael Gove and I am confident that he will listen to the views of both the farming industry and those involved in environmental work so that we get the best Brexit deal. With the CAP being 40% of European budget, this is a key area to get right.
I am looking forward to further discussions on this area which is so important to Taunton Deane.’