Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson has told the Journal he is keen for farmers in North Devon to be involved in the next round of the badger cull pilot.
When asked about the time scale for dealing with bovine TB, he told the Journal : “We have a very clear timetable for dealing with the problem and we’ve got the two pilot culls going on now.
“I’ve been to numerous agricultural shows where I’ve had tremendous support from farmers that the Government is finally willing to take on the challenge of dealing with the problem.”
And he said he had been telling farmers in North Devon he wants them to be involved in the next pilot cull.
“We’re looking for 10 more pilot areas,” he said, “And if people want to get organised and put together a proposal for there to be a pilot cull in North Devon, that’s something I’ll welcome.”
He also touched on the issue of broadband and said it was one that was“monster” for the Government.
“We’re the first government that’s gone hammer and tongs for rural broadband,” he said.
“I’m from a rural seat and take it very seriously. It can make a big difference to farmers and industry in areas like North Devon.”