After a visit to a local farm MP Mickey Brady has spoken of the importance of nature friendly farming as well as the challenges of Brexit.

The Newry and Armagh MP who was visiting the Best family farm at Acton, Poyntzpass said that  farming must be underpinned by environmentally sustainable policies which promote farming methods that preserve the environment.

Speaking following the visit, the Newry Armagh MP said “Today I met with Nature Matters, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Simon Best to discuss the challenges and the opportunities which exist in combining sustainability with quality food production.

MP Mickey Brady visiting the Best Farm at Acton, Poyntzpass.
MP Mickey Brady with farmer Simon Best on the Best family farm at Acton, Poyntzpass.

“The environment is an important factor for all those who share the countryside and it is vital that we protect and preserve it. Farmers should be seeking to be productive while also protecting natural habitats and aiming to reduce reliance on chemical resources.

"Much of our environmental policy and legislation has been driven by the EU and agriculture faces specific challenges from Brexit.

"It is vital that safeguards are put in place to protect our environment, our farming and agri food sectors and to maintain cross-border commerce and co-operation."

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