CEREDIGION MP Ben Lake recognised the ‘crucial role’ farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation on Back British Farming Day.

The National Farmers’ Union provided MPs with the emblem of the day - a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture.

Food and farming is worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and provides jobs for almost four million people.

The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security.

This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.

“I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers,” said Mr Lake. “The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.

“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally-produced food.

“I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60 per cent, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”