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UK: Sheep and cows roam London's streets during farmers protest02:31

UK: Sheep and cows roam London's streets during farmers protest

United Kingdom, London
March 23, 2016 at 17:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of farmers staged a protest in London, Wednesday, to decry the British government's lack of support for the agriculture industry and to call for greater regulation to discourage supermarkets from importing cheap produce from abroad. The protest was organised by the Farmers for Action (FFA) group.

Some farmers brought along cows and sheep who marched alongside the protesters. During the march, demonstrators held placards condemning the government with messages including: "What's your plan for farming Mr. Cameron?"

Commenting on the march, Farmers For Action chairman David Handley said: "We've been continually lobbying the government that the state of British agriculture in all sectors is now getting in to a dire situation" adding that "We've got many sectors now producing below the cost of production and the government doesn't appear to be acting upon that."

At least two farms are collapsing each week across Britain due to cheap EU imports. According to government figures, the average income of dairy farmers will have dropped by 45 percent this tax year.

UK: Sheep and cows roam London's streets during farmers protest02:31
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Hundreds of farmers staged a protest in London, Wednesday, to decry the British government's lack of support for the agriculture industry and to call for greater regulation to discourage supermarkets from importing cheap produce from abroad. The protest was organised by the Farmers for Action (FFA) group.

Some farmers brought along cows and sheep who marched alongside the protesters. During the march, demonstrators held placards condemning the government with messages including: "What's your plan for farming Mr. Cameron?"

Commenting on the march, Farmers For Action chairman David Handley said: "We've been continually lobbying the government that the state of British agriculture in all sectors is now getting in to a dire situation" adding that "We've got many sectors now producing below the cost of production and the government doesn't appear to be acting upon that."

At least two farms are collapsing each week across Britain due to cheap EU imports. According to government figures, the average income of dairy farmers will have dropped by 45 percent this tax year.