Bill Wiggin MP joined NFU members and staff as they took farming to the heart of London on September 14th to celebrate Back British Farming Day, complete with three iconic tractors and a host of British produce.
MPs were urged to wear specially designed British wheat lapel pins to Prime Minister’s Questions and to sign the NFU’s post-Brexit pledge. Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom and Minister for Farming George Eustice both supported the day.
Bill Wiggin MP said: “The NFU’s display of tractors, fresh fruit and veg and grass farm animals in Westminster was really impressive and the message to back British farming is one I fully support.
“Farmers in North Herefordshire work incredibly hard to produce high-quality food and manage our beautiful countryside and they need assurances that the UK government will provide them with the support they need to increase their competitiveness, profitability and productivity as we move forward.”
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.”