The NFU welcomes the positive comments from Prime Minister Theresa May in support of the food and farming sector in the first Prime Ministers Questions since the summer recess. (See a transcript from today's PMQs below).
The comments come with just one week to go until Back British Farming Day – a farming industry-led event held in London. NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said that this recognition of the industry was ‘encouraging’ and ‘timely’.
See also: Our Back British Farming campaign
In response to a question from Neil Parish MP today, Theresa May said: “We do need 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.”
Minette Batters said: “British farming provides the raw ingredients for an industry worth £108 billion to the UK economy which also provides 3.9 million jobs. It’s the bedrock of the food industry, feeding the nation and playing a part in feeding the world.
“It’s very pleasing to see, in the first session of PMQs after summer recess, food and farming being brought to the fore by Neil Parish. To have the Prime Minister confirm her support for farming is encouraging for the farming sector in future post-Brexit negotiations.
“Back British Farming Day is just seven days away – farmers and MPs will be gathering to show their support for home-grown food and farming alongside three iconic British tractors in the middle of Westminster. The PM’s timely comments have set the scene for an upbeat celebration of great British food on 14 September.”