More than 150 farmers and members of the public today (24 April) took part in a photo-call organised by the NFU urging people to show their support for British farming and food production by responding to the government’s consultation on the future of farming.
The image is the latest initiative in the NFU’s Speak Up For Farming’s Future campaign and comes just two weeks before the government's ‘Health and Harmony’ consultation closes on 8 May.
Among the crowd were members of NFU Council and active supporters of the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign.
NFU President Minette Batters said:
“This is both a historic and influential time for the farming sector with the current consultation looking to develop our future farming policy. This is the time for the voice of farming to be heard loud and clear. It is also fantastic to see such a positive response from people out in force on social media and online saying why they think British food and farming is so important to the nation, both now and post-Brexit.
“The government’s Health and Harmony consultation gives every single person in this country the chance to make clear the importance of British food and farming to the nation.
“This is a vital moment in time where we must emphasise the need for a profitable, progressive and productive industry – one that keeps farming businesses viable for generations to come – with food production at the heart of everything we do. The continued availability of high quality, safe and traceable food, affordable for everyone, is key to a successful Brexit.
“The NFU has listened to the views of its membership in over 30 meetings across the country and is now starting to form its response. But there’s still time for farmers to ensure their voices are heard by government ahead of the 8 May deadline.
“We are also galvanizing our public supporters to have their say with a targeted digital campaign on our website for NFU Countryside members.
“I urge everyone to join the debate and speak up for farming’s future. Those messages plus strong support from the public will mean a united and positive voice that government cannot ignore.”
How to respond to the consultation:
1. Complete our simple online form here
2. Respond directly via the government’s Citizen Space:
- This involves completing a web-based questionnaire here.
- You do not have to reply to all of the questions that are posed.
- You may wish to read through the command paper alongside the NFU’s summary before selecting which questions to respond to.
3. Respond via email to Defra - YWdyaWN1bHR1cmVjb25zdWx0YXRpb25AZGVmcmEuZ3NpLmdvdi51aw==
- Members wishing to do this option should either address the specific questions set out in the command paper, or provide more general views and feedback.
- The NFU suggests sticking to the themes and areas of questioning in the command paper. This will make it easier for Defra to collate the feedback. More guidance can be found here.