The NFU has welcomed commitments from Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove to publicly support the British farming sector on Back British Farming Day (13 September).
Back British Farming Day is a rallying call to encourage MPs to use their position in Westminster to support British farming, particularly in forthcoming Brexit negotiations.
During an interview for the October edition of British Farmer & Grower, the NFU’s membership magazine, Mr Gove committed to wearing the NFU's Back British Farming Day wheat pin badge and encouraging fellow politicians to do the same.
He also said he wants the government to support farmers through Brexit to export to new markets but also to ensure that domestic and European markets continue to benefit from high quality British produce.
NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitments ahead of Back British Farming Day. This support will be critical for the farming sector as Brexit negotiations get underway.
“It’s vital the Secretary of State stays true to these commitments and encourages the wider Cabinet to champion British farming and ensure agriculture is a central part of the political conversation during Brexit negotiations. We must ensure farming in this country has a thriving future outside of the EU.
“Back British Farming Day provides us with the perfect opportunity to engage with MPs across the political parties to ensure that any decisions taken in Parliament reflect the strategic importance of British food and farming to our nation.”