Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur and Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael have pledged their support to Back British Farming Day.
The campaign by the National Farmers Union (NFU), which is now in its fifth year, celebrates the hard work of British farmers and recognises their invaluable contribution to the UK economy. The NHFU are also encouraging the public to support the sector by purchasing local produce and being sensible while in the countryside.
Mr McArthur has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the campaign and pay tribute to the high standards and quality of produce set by farmers across the UK.
Mr McArthur commented:
“Farmers in Orkney and across the country are world leaders when it comes to food production, animal welfare and setting environmental standards. It’s important that we take the opportunity to recognise the incredible work that our farmers do for us day in, day out.
“However, like most sectors, they’ve also faced considerable disruption and uncertainty this year. While the Back British Farmers campaign is always a timely reminder that we should be supporting our farmers, it rings true now more than ever.
“Whether it’s buying local produce, enjoying the countryside safely or even taking the time to say thank you, we all have a part to play in ensuring the sector thrives and that our farmers are given the recognition they deserve.”
Mr Carmichael added:
“I’m proud to again be supporting this worthy campaign highlighting the outstanding efforts of farmers across the Northern Isles and elsewhere.
“Our farming sector makes an enormous contribution to the UK economy each year thanks to the great work being done to produce the highest possible quality of food for us all to enjoy. We need to ensure that we support them with trading relations that uphold food standards and export markets.
“It’s also important to remember that throughout this challenging year, farmers everywhere never stopped working on our behalf and supporting our communities. For that, we owe them a debt of thanks.”