MEPs back British farming

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has received 33 signatures from MEPs in Strasbourg who are committed to the Back British Farming Pledge.

The five-point pledge asks MEPs to:
- Fight for fairness by ensuring fair contracts, fair returns and fair play in food supply chains
- Encourage farmers to create the conditions that underpin long-term sustainable growth, not stifle it;
- Boost trade by securing balanced agreements with other countries that recognise high quality British production standards;
- Focus on science, basing decisions which affect food production on robust scientific evidence;
- Improve the CAP by reviewing greening and making the CAP simpler and fairer, helping farmers become more competitive.

President of the NFU, Meurig Raymond, visited Strasbourg earlier this week to meet with MEPs to discuss the future of British agriculture. He said: “I am delighted to see that MEPs from all over the country were so keen to sign our Back British Farming Pledge. By putting their name to it, we know that we’ve got vocal champions for British farming on our side in Brussels.

“Our members and staff will be making sure that our MEPs live up to their promises, holding them to account on the many vital issues affecting the farming industry, such as delivering rewarding trade deals, securing an easier path towards sustainable growth, building fairness in to the supply chain, ending the current paralysing approach to crop protection and finally, taking the earliest opportunity to review the CAP and its misguided greening measures.  

“This pledge goes beyond just those MEPs who sit on the Agriculture Committee – this is a wider commitment to deliver for British farming and we will make sure they do that.”

Raymond’s trip comes as the he heavily criticised Tesco for promoting New Zealand lamb during prime UK lamb season.

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