UK - Investing for growth and caring for our countryside are among the themes of the NFU’s manifesto which they will be highlighting at their post-election event for the industry next week.
Chaired by NFU President Meurig Raymond and supported by the NFU’s political team, the event intends to draw together organisations from across the sector and discuss how to ensure food and farming is high up on the next Government’s agenda from the start.
Mr Raymond said: ““It’s vital that the next government – whatever the colour or colours – champions and backs British Farming.
“Food and farming provides 3.5 million jobs and £97 billion to the economy. The British public have made it clear that they want to buy more British food as 85 per cent stated they want to see more of it on supermarket shelves, according to a YouGov survey.
“Farmers are up for the challenge, but we need the support and commitment of government to back our industry so we can meet the challenges of feeding a rising population. An NFU report estimated that UK self-sufficiency would slump to 53 per cent of the nation’s needs by the mid-2040s if we stay at this rate of farm production – this is a worrying prospect.
“The whole industry needs to come together to help get that message to the next government and we are delighted that so many organisations involved in food, farming and the rural economy will be attending our event on Monday evening to collectively look at what the General Election results mean for agriculture and how we can all work together to ensure the next government champions our industry.”
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