19 February 2015

British agriculture ‘hugely important’ issue ahead of election

The NFU will launch a national campaign next week to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election.

The “Great British Food Gets My Vote” campaign, to be launched at the NFU’s annual conference on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th February, will urge politicians to back British farming in their manifesto, and ask the British public to continue buying British food and supporting British farming. Over 200 NFU members have already signed up to receive and display 3metre x 1metre banners with the campaign title “Great British Food Gets My Vote”. In addition to this, campaign window stickers will be distributed to 50,000 members in the next edition of the NFU member magazine British Farmer & Grower.

NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said: “It is so important that food and farming is recognised for the key role it plays, not only in producing food but in its contribution to the country’s economy, in creating jobs, as well as the rural landscape that attracts millions of tourists every year.

People realise it takes years of commitment, on-going investment, time and care to rear good quality beef and dairy animals; plant, nurture and harvest crops; protect soils and manage land. This is a long-term business that needs long-term thinking from the next Government.”

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