FARMERS from Northumberland have stepped into the spotlight to thank the public for their support.
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) says it has been a difficult 12 months for British agriculture due to the horsemeat scandal and weather conditions, but members say they have been touched by the amount of support they have received.
Now farmers in the North East, including Cambo sheep farmer Simon Bainbridge and Ponteland dairy farmer Dennis Gibb, have released a video of thank-you messages.
NFU Regional Director Richard Pearson said: “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.
“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.”
The union says that ongoing research shows more people than ever want to buy traceable food, while a recent One Poll survey revealed that 78 per cent of respondents think supermarkets should stock more British food.
Mr Bainbridge said: “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.”
To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/nfutube