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AUDIO: Government urged to champion British farming

AUDIO: Government urged to champion British farming

Published at 11:49am 13th July 2016. (Updated at 12:16pm 13th July 2016)

The Brexit vote and its impact on farmers are being discussed at the Great Yorkshire Show, with a call for the farming voice to be heard.

A breakfast event has been hosted by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group to address issues including future trade, payments, currency movements and the impact on foreign workers.

The headline speakers were NFU President Meurig Raymond (pictured) and Professor Wyn Grant, Professor of Politics of the University of Warwick and lead author of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's Brexit Report.

Organiser Elizabeth Hudson said: "This presents an opportunity for farmers to tell policy makers what they would like to see in a UK agricultural policy which could ultimately make the industry stronger.

"Farmers produce the ingredients for the UK's largest manufacturing industry - food and drink - and it is vital that their voices are heard at this important time."

Environment Secretary Liz Truss is also at England's premier agricultural show to tell farmers that it's "business as usual".

She's been speaking to Stray FM's Lisa Darvill:

In a meeting with Ms Truss, Meurig Raymond has urged her to keep backing British farming.

He said: "Food and farming is of strategic importance to the country. I have already stressed to the Secretary of State that the NFU is ready and willing to work with Government to ensure we have a profitable, productive and competitive farming industry - and that work must start now.

"We must take this opportunity to build a new domestic agricultural policy that is shaped to meet our needs - a policy that allows farmers and growers to prosper while delivering the nation's home-grown food.

"Getting the right results will take time, but we need early answers to questions such as the future of support payments. We will be seeking guarantees that the support given to our farmers remains equal to that given to farmers in the EU.

"It will be essential that we are not disadvantaged during the future trade negotiations and Government must not allow an open door policy to imports produced to lower standards.

"The government's approach to regulation is another key issue and members have already lost the use of neonicotinoids to control pests in oilseed rape crops. We now have a golden opportunity to ensure our arrangements are in future proportionate and decisions are based on sound science."