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MPs pledge their support on Back British Farming Day

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News & Business

The importance and value of British farming and food to jobs and the regional economy was showcased in the House of Commons last month.

Nearly 200 MPs and peers, including 18 from across the West Midlands, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire joined the NFU in Westminster on 13 September to celebrate British agriculture and horticulture.

British farmers grow and rear quality, assured, great tasting food and drink that has been produced to rigorous welfare and environmental standards. In the West Midlands they also provide nearly 43,000 jobs and puts more than £800 million into the economy and communities.

Back British Farming Day highlighted the value of food and farming and the politicians pledged their support as Britain looks to leave the EU.  A pin badge, sourced from British businesses, including Shropshire wheat, was worn by the MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions.

The goal was to highlight their commitment to agriculture and horticulture. In addition farming also supports the work of other industries, such as vets, solicitors, surveyors and feed merchants and farmers actively manage the landscape to benefit habitat and species.

NFU West Midlands regional director Rob Newbery said: “The contribution of food and farming to the region and wider country is extremely important. Our members and their businesses are vital to our cities, towns and rural communities and it is critical to have the support of MPs.

“We are feeding in our views ahead of Brexit and it is essential they back the industry and recognise the value of the British food and drink sector; this is worth around £109 billion and employs nearly four million people nationally.”

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