Working together to support our agricultural industry

View of countryside across North Devon and Torridge

Posted on: 23 January 2019

Councillors have been finding out how they can support our local agricultural industry at a special question and answer session with agricultural experts.

North Devon Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee met with councillors from Torridge District Council earlier this month (10 January) to question a panel of expert representatives from the agricultural sector about its impact on the economy of northern Devon and the future challenges it faces.

The panel was made up of representatives from Mole Valley Farmers, the National Farmers Union, Exmoor Hill Farmers Network, South Molton Sheep Group, Bicton College and local farmers.

Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at North Devon Council, Councillor John Patrinos, says: “The agriculture sector shapes North Devon more than any other. It underpins our economy by attracting the businesses and tourists that provide income for our residents. The meeting was a great opportunity for our committee, along with councillors from Torridge District Council’s committee, to pose questions to the panel of experts in relation to various aspects of the agricultural industry. I hope that we can use the information gathered to help support the council’s objective of increasing prosperity of the district.”

Vice Chair of the External Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Torridge District Council, Councillor Phil Pennington, says: “Agriculture is critically important to all of us so we need to work together to make sure that it continues to deliver the things that the people living and visiting our area want and need. The experts tell us that agriculture is facing an unprecedented range of dangers so we need to try and help as much as we can.”

Following the meeting North Devon Council is looking at how it can help support and lobby for the agriculture sector to help maintain the future stability of our food supply. Full minutes from the meeting can be found on the council’s website

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