Subject: NATIONAL FARMERS STRIKE 23.8.02 PRESS RELEASE NO 4

FARMERS FOR ACTION

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PRESS RELEASE - 16.8.02

NATIONAL FARMERS STRIKE 23.8.02 (NO 4)

Progress is moving apace with plans for the strike on Friday 23.8.02. The European media and showing a great deal of interest and this is being passed on to our friends and colleagues who farm within Europe. Good News.

We are going to be interested now to see the next Press Statement from the National Farmers Union. They criticised Farmers For Action for calling this action on the grounds that supermarkets would replace British product with cheap imports. Isnt it good to see they have got it wrong again? The one company that the NFU Mutual has invested a lot of money in has come out with the following statement.

A Tesco spokesman said they were monitoring the situation very carefully but were unaware of definite plans for action. "we are confident that we will be able to continue without resorting to imports, to be honest, we would not import anything for a 24-hour period as it is not practicable. We would put arrangements in place with our domestic suppliers to fill any gaps," the spokesman said. Well FFA says -- good for Tesco, at least they are honest, now come on NFU see if you can learn the lesson.

When will the NFU realise we are doing this for our industry, it is not a game. FFA have realised the dire straits of our industry; the difference between them and us is that we are not too close to government. We hope that they will be able to explain to the young farmers of this country why our industry is about to disappear.

David Handley

Chairman