More farm protests with Kent tractor rally

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Kent farmers took more protest action over the weekend with a ‘go slow’ between Ashford livestock market and the town’s Asda supermarket. It comes on the back of two previous rallies at Dover in the previous months. 

One of those to take part was Andrew Gibson, 42, a fifth generation farmer from Wingham. Speaking to Kent Online he said British farmers have been downtrodden for years and years and we’ve just simply had enough and were taking a lead from their European counterparts. “The supermarkets have had their hands around the necks of British farmers for years. It’s all about driving down price to drive shareholders profits.” 

He added: “We’re thinking about public safety and food security as well, as we’re getting imports from around the world that are not operating to our standards.

“We’ve got the highest food standards in the world. And we want to keep that. We love feeding the British public, and we want to keep doing that. 

“Supermarkets say they love British farming, but it’s not filtering down. We’ve got to make sure we are protected and our food security is protected. 

“The public have been brilliant, we’ve had a lot of support for our protests, people coming out the houses cheering.”

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