A campaign calling for British farming to be put at the heart of feeding the nation in the future has attracted strong backing in Peterborough.
More than 370 people showed their support for the National Farmers’ Union’ (NFU) Back British Farming campaign in Peterborough on Thursday (October 3).
The NFU’s campaign vehicle spent the day outside the Town Hall, with local farmers on hand to encourage the public to sign the so-called “Back British Farming Charter”.
The aim of the campaign and its charter is to reverse the decline in Britain’s self-sufficiency for food by building support among politicians, retailers, caterers and the public.
Among those to lend their support on Thursday was MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson.
He said: “I was delighted to sign the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign charter in Peterborough. Farming has a crucial role to play in our national economy and we all benefit by supporting British and local produce.
“As Peterborough’s MP – including Eye, Thorney, Newborough, Peakirk and Milking Nook - I see how important farming is to our rural communities.
“It is right that the government and retailers bring in measures to support our local farmers in Cambridgeshire.”
Among the farmers speaking to members of the public were NFU Ramsey and Whittlesey branch chairman Andrew Jacobs and Thorney farmer Michael Sly, who chairs the NFU’s regional advisory board.
Mr Sly said: “We collected 125 signatures in the first hour alone, which was a tremendous response. It’s encouraging to see so much support for British food and farming.”
More information about the Back British Farming campaign, and how to get involved, is available on the NFU’s website, www.nfuonline.com.