A campaign for super fast broadband in rural areas is being backed by the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Louth and Horncastle.
Victoria Atkins is taking up the cause following recent meetings with farmers and growers in the constituency and at the NFU headquarters in London.
She said: “I am going to do all in my power to persuade the powers-that-be to deliver in rural areas as a matter of urgency. With Single Farm Payment applications going online soon, it is essential that our agricultural industry has a fast and effective means of access to the internet.”
“Of course, the issue of internet access is not just confined to the farming community. Whilst progress has been made in Mablethorpe and other areas, many residents have contacted me about poor broadband access from across the constituency. Please get in touch with me at
firstname.lastname@example.org with examples of poor internet access in Louth & Horncastle and I will act.”
The Tory Candidate was briefed by NFU President, Meurig Raymond, at the recent Conservative Conference on a variety of national agricultural issues, but it was the views expressed by farmers in Louth & Horncastle that have made most impact.
Victoria added: “For example, there is an immediate need for a review of the evidence regarding cereal pesticides sanctioned by the EU in the interests of environmental sustainability as well as successful cropping. I will be making this case strongly to DEFRA
Ministers, as well as farmers’ concerns about supermarket prices.”