In the run-up to Christmas, farmers from across Yorkshire and the North East have spoken with one voice to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the British public for their support through what has been a difficult 12 months for British agriculture.
The messages, sent by livestock, dairy, cereals and potato producers across the region, are featured on a special video released today by the NFU on You Tube.
Richard Bramley a cereals producer from Kelfield near York; Amanda Cornforth, a potato grower from Thirsk in North Yorkshire; Simon Bainbridge, a sheep farmer from Cambo in Northumberland and Dennis Gibb, a dairy farmer from Ponteland near Newcastle all volunteered to contribute to the video, saying they had been touched by the level of public support throughout 2013.
“After the furore at the start of the year over horsemeat, complex food chains and mislabelling, consumers have really got behind British farmers and that commitment is something the whole industry appreciates,” said North East regional director Richard Pearson.
“The shocking weather conditions for lambing in April also hit our region’s livestock farmers badly and that has taken some recovering from. This video is just a small way of saying thank you to the people of Britain not just for the many messages of support we have had but also for their ongoing enthusiasm for home-produced food and drink.
“Our farmers and growers will continue to work hard over Christmas and into the New Year to feed the nation and show how much farming delivers for Britain.”
Ongoing research shows more people than ever before want to buy more traceable food while a One Poll survey revealed that 78 per cent shoppers believe supermarkets should now stock more British food.
“Hopefully this message will hit home with retailers as we move into a new farming year,” said Richard Bramley. “If we are to rise to the challenge of putting more British food on people’s plates and champion our Red Tractor quality mark, the whole supply chain will have to work together.
“Public support is vital in helping us achieve better, longer term relationships across all sectors with processors, millers, bakers and retailers – so for that we really are united in saying thank you.”
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