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GE: what does it mean for British farming?

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We are busy working to make sure the importance of British food and farming to you and to the nation is recognised and understood by the new government.

NFU Pesident Meurig Raymond has written to the new Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove to welcome him to the post and propose a meeting at the earliest opportunity.

He said: “British farms grow the raw ingredients for the UK food and drink manufacturing sector, the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, worth £109 billion and providing 3.8 million jobs. Farming is of enormous value to the economy - for every £1 invested, farming delivers around £7 back to this country. British farmers are proud to provide over 60% of the nation’s food and manage 70% of UK landscape. We do this all while focusing on producing safe, nutritious and high-quality food for people at home and abroad.

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“And we can and want to deliver more. We are looking to Defra; to work with us and our members, to champion farming within the Government and to work closely with the devolved powers across the UK. Our shared aim is to ensure a productive, progressive and profitable future for British farmers and assurance to British consumers.

We’ve personally invited every MP (new or existing) to a reception in the House of Commons on Tuesday June 20 to find out how they can work with us to champion farming within Government. The election has seen lots of new MPs awarded seats across the country and we’re taking the earliest opportunity to engage with them and show them how they can Back British Farming.

Farming is arguably the sector most impacted by Brexit and British farmers need certainty, as soon as possible, that this government will make Brexit a success for British food and farming. To achieve on all of their potential, farmers need a future post-Brexit trade agreement that delivers the best possible access to markets and the ability to source a competent and reliable workforce. Read more about trade and British farming.

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  • Posted by: N ick FordPosted on: 19/06/2017 20:23:07

    Comment: It seems we will need to produce more food in this country probably sooner than we think, with crops failing in some areas of the world and growing populations. I oppose GM in crops and the monopolies it creates (Monsanto) also the unintended consequences in interfering in the growing of food.Hormone treatment in animals especially Cattle is also a no-no. As we exit the EU we must resist these ourselves and make sure the government also do so. If the government are devolving powers to local areas then farmers must have a voice on these areas. I would like to see a campaign by the NFU and the farming community in general to resist the building of huge numbers of houses and concreting over the countryside. The councils need to stop building houses and start growing more food.
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