Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has today 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.
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.
Anne-Marie said: “I am immensely proud to wear the Back British Farming pin badge today in support of a sector that is so valuable to the country. Our farmers play a unique role in securing a plentiful supply of fabulous British food, looking after our iconic countryside and sustaining a dynamic rural economy, particularly in Northumberland.
“The decisions made in Parliament over the coming months are critical to the future of British food production. As one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s departure from the EU, it is important that we as politicians create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide safe and affordable food for the nation. The new Agriculture Bill will map out the future of farming post-Brexit and how our farmers will be given the freedom to diversify. Any farmers with concerns, or who want to know more should get in touch with me so I can listen to them and feed in their views on the new proposals.”
DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove wrote to all MPs on Back British Farming Day to lay out some of the new proposals for farming, which include rewarding farmers for how and what they produce rather than simply the amount of land they have.