Ribble Valley MP thanks farmers for keeping the nation fed during the coronavirus pandemic

Conservative MP and deputy speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans, has shown support for British food and farming - recognising the crucial role farmers play in producing food for the nation and caring for the countryside.

Mr Evans thanked farmers across Lancashire on Back British Farming Day for their hard work during COVID-19 and for ensuring that food continues to make it to people’s plates across the county.

He said: "Events like Back British Farming Day provide a perfect opportunity both to thank farmers for their hard work in recent months in ensuring that food continued to make it to plates during Covid-19, but also to highlight the foundational role that farming plays in areas of countryside.

“I recently visited a dairy farm in Samlesbury to discuss how the industry was coping with the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans on a recent visit to a local farm

"Farmers were rightly identified as key workers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to those farmers in my constituency, Lancashire, and the wider food supply chain, we were able to ensure supermarket shelves were kept stocked and the nation was fed during this difficult time. I am very grateful for all that they have done and continue to do.

“I would encourage fellow MPs and members of the public to get behind this important campaign and to Back British Farming.”

The UK food and farming industry is worth more than £120 billion to the national economy and employs more than 4m. people. Furthermore, it is responsible for managing over 70% of total land in the UK, demonstrating the importance of the industry to the makeup of the nation.

NFU North West Regional Director, David Hall, said: “I’m delighted that the Conservative MP for the Ribble Valley Nigel Evans has thanked the regions’ food producers on Back British Farming Day.

"Every day of the year our farmers produce food to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards in the world and deserve support. Both Sir Lindsay and Nigel have a proven track record of caring about the crucial agricultural businesses within their respective Lancashire constituencies.

"I know NFU farmer member John Alpe, of New Laund Farm, at Whitewell, near Clitheroe, organises meetings for Mr Evans with local farmers, so that he truly understands the pressures over the farm gate. We need this support more now than ever before as we enter a pivotal time for the future of farming and the food on our plates”.