We must support our farmers and their contribution to the economy, environment and food supply
David Drew MP has pledged to support the UK’s arable sector by raising the profile of its contribution to the nation’s economy, food supply and environment.
At the #YourHarvest parliamentary event led by the National Farmers’ Union, David Drew committed to visiting farmers in their constituency and working with them to champion the work farmers do in producing quality, safe and affordable food alongside maintaining and enhancing the environment.
Since then Mr Drew spent an afternoon visiting a farm in Kingscote, in his Stroud constituency.
The arable sector feeds into all areas of food and drink and plays an important role in the animal feed manufacturing sectors, contributing to:
· Wheat for the equivalent of 11 million loaves of bread every day;
· Over 20 million tonnes of grain for food and animal feed every year;
· Barley and malt for 985 million pints of beer exported in the past decade;
· Over 5 million tonnes of flour every year.
David Drew MP said: “A thriving arable sector is in the interest of all my constituents and every single person that eats British food. It is important that we fully appreciate how much the sector provides for the nation and I fully support this new initiative by the NFU.
“I am committed to working with the NFU to help deliver a Brexit that compliments the practicalities of food production, and allows the sector to flourish.”
Mr Drew enjoyed an informative visit to a farm in Kingscote, in his Stroud constituency.
"I looked at integrated crop management on a family farm which grows winter wheat, oil seed rape and a little barley. I went out in a combine harvester to examine the crop and to talk about the impact of Brexit, the hot summer and the future for arable farming in general," he said.
Tom Bradshaw, Chair of the NFU’s National Crops Board said: “The UK arable sector has a brilliant story to tell and never has there been a more important time to tell it.
“That is why the NFU launched its #YourHarvest campaign – to work with MPs to deliver for a sector that is so important to food production and delivering environmental outcomes.”