Sir; Jim Sutcliffe of Bolton asked "can we really see many British farmers markets being allowed access to the towns and villages of France"(July 22). The answer is "yes". At the Sussex Rural Community Council one of our projects to receive European funding under a scheme called Interreg II is all to do with local producers in East Sussex, which includes farmers. We aim to strengthen village shops' fight against the all powerful supermarkets by introducing them to more local produce. We are also working to offer local producers outlets in the Picardie region of France and Picardie local producers a similar opportunity in East Sussex. We have taken producers to markets in St Valery, Peronne and Abbeville so that French consumers can see and taste what East Sussex local producers have to offer. We have received nothing but friendship and support from our French counterparts. What is frustrating is that we can never find enough local producers to travel to France even though we subsidise two thirds of the ferry and hotel costs and the French provide all the meals free of charge. We do not condone the French government's actions regarding the banning of beef but at a village shop level we look at working with the French as a bonus in our fight against the supermarkets. Alan Wyle Sussex Rural Community Council, East Sussex {{LETTERS }}