For our farm­ers

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE NFU is aware of the need for Bri­tish farm­ing to talk about what it de­liv­ers for the coun­try and our mem­bers know we’re proac­tive in do­ing so, de­spite Agromenes’s col­umn say­ing the op­po­site (Novem­ber 16). We are de­ter­mined to seek out the op­por­tu­ni­ties that Brexit might pro­vide—this pe­riod of un­cer­tainty is a time for the in­dus­try to show lead­er­ship and work with Gov­ern­ment to en­sure and im­prove the nation’s abil­ity to pro­duce food and nur­ture the en­vi­ron­ment. Agromenes was right to high­light farm­ers’ roles in flood preven­tion and mit­i­gat­ing cli­mate change, but I would like to add that their planting of wild­flow­ers to en­hance bio­di­ver­sity has more than dou­bled in the past two years. More­over, they main­tain more than 120,000 miles of pub­lic foot­paths criss­cross­ing farm­land that COUN­TRY LIFE read­ers use reg­u­larly (Novem­ber 23).

We must also re­mem­ber that Bri­tish farms fuel the largest man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in the Uk—food and drink— which con­trib­utes well over £100 bil­lion to the econ­omy. The Gov­ern­ment can’t af­ford to side­line Bri­tish food. Meurig Ray­mond, NFU Pres­i­dent

ISHOULD like to add a thought to Agromenes’s ar­ti­cle (Novem­ber 16). As the con­se­quences of Brexit and Don­ald Trump im­pact on the econ­omy and our stand­ing in the world, the elec­torate might change its view on the EU over the next two or three years. The NFU, should, be­gin to cam­paign, to­gether with like­minded politi­cians and or­gan­i­sa­tions, for a se­cond ref­er­en­dum to be held once the di­vorce pro­ceed­ings are known. Michael Strauss, Kent

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