MPs will be asked to wear British wheat lapel badges to today’s (September 14) Prime Minister’s Questions and sign a pledge to throw their weight behind Britain’s food and farming industry as part of the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign.
The showcase in the capital, which will also see three iconic Massey Ferguson tractors and a host of British produce out on display in central London, has already received backing from Rural Affairs Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom and Farming Minister George Eustice.
The event is timed to coincide with the end of an NFU member consultation, where the NFU has been speaking to its members on the impact of Brexit and what a future domestic farming policy should look like.
NFU deputy president Minette Batters said: “It is essential that post-Brexit, agriculture is seen as strategically and politically important in all future trade negotiations. But beyond that, we need Government to ensure it is committed to supporting the long-term future of an industry worth £108 billion to the economy and one which is responsible for putting so much British food on our plates.
“That is why we have arranged the event in Westminster and I would urge as many MPs as possible to sign our pledge.”
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom added: “British farming is a bedrock of our economy, and enjoys a global reputation for producing world class food. I want to see this vital industry go from strength to strength and supporting our farmers will form an important part of our exit from the EU. I look forward to working with the farming industry to shape a bright new future.”
The call comes just a week after Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that Government needed ‘to recognise the very significant role that the food and farming industry plays in the United Kingdom and of course we will be looking to work with the sector’.
To get involved on social media use the hashtag #BackBritishFarming.