NFU members and staff took farming to the heart of London on Wednesday, complete with three iconic tractors and a host of British produce.
Back British Farming Day urged MPs to wear specially designed British wheat lapel badges to Prime Minister’s Questions and to sign the NFU’s post-Brexit pledge. Rural affairs Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom and farming minister George Eustice both supported the day.
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 £108bn to the economy and one which is responsible for putting so much British food on our plates.
“That’s why we have arranged the event in Westminster and I would urge as many MPs as possible to sign our pledge. I am very pleased that Andrea Leadsom - with whom the NFU has already spoken to at length about the need for the development of a domestic agricultural policy – and George Eustice have said they will be attending.”
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