North Oxfordshire MP, Victoria Prentis, has shown her support for British farming at Back British Farming Day in Westminster, recognising the crucial role farmers play in producing food and caring for the countryside.
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with a Back British Farming wheat-pin badge to publicly display their support for the sector during Brexit negotiations and beyond leaving the EU. The day also marked the Government’s introduction of its Agriculture Bill, supporting habitats, prevent flooding, improve air quality and animal welfare. Working with farmers, it is hoped that the Bill will secure better rewards for those in the industry.
Farming is the bedrock of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector – food and drink – which contributes over £110 billion to the economy and employs 3.8 million people.
After the event, Victoria said: “As a farmer’s daughter, I am pleased to support a sector that is so valuable to the country. Our farmers play a unique role in producing food, looking after our beautiful countryside and sustaining the rural economy. The decisions made in Parliament over the coming months are critical to the future of food production. As one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s departure from the EU, it is important that we create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide safe and affordable food for the nation.”
If you would like to find out more about how you can Back British Farming, you can join thousands of supporters of the NFU’s campaign here.