“British farmers produce the world’s best food and provide the raw materials to keep 4 million people employed”, according to East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight, who added “It is crucial that we support the industry by ensuring measures are in place to encourage people to join the sector and to give farming a prosperous long-term future”.

Sir Greg made the comments after a meeting outside Parliament with National Farmers Union (NFU) representatives and local farmer Paul Tompkins from Melbourne, East Yorkshire. The NFU had organised a display of first-class British produce – and three massive Massey Ferguson tractors ensured that London commuters noticed the NFU presence in the Capital.

Sir Greg added: “Farming is vital not only for the jobs it provides both in East Yorkshire and across the country but for its crucial contribution Britain’s £108 billion food and drink industry. There are many ways we can all help farming in Britain be even more successful. I am certainly giving my backing the NFU charter”.

The NFU charter calls for excess red-tape to be slashed, farmers to have access to their fair-share of water, investment, research and development, so technologies from the laboratory transfer to the field and policies which encourage farmers to invest in infrastructure.