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    British farmers more popular with the public this year!

    NewsWednesday 01 October 2014
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    According to a new survey, more members of the British public think positively about farmers and the farming industry than last year. 
     
    The poll, which was commissioned by the NFU, revealed that 67 per cent of people think favourably about farmers. This was a five per cent increase on last year, continuing an upward trend from 2012. 
     
    The survey also questioned the public’s understanding of farming’s impact on the economy and the countryside. The results have shown that 90 per cent believe that farming is fairly or very important to the economy and around three quarters think that the industry has a beneficial effect on the countryside. 
     
    Speaking about the results of the survey, the NFU president Meurig Raymond said: “Seeing that more and more members of the public are thinking positive things about farming is fantastic. Maintaining and enhancing a positive image of farmers and farming is hugely important.
     
    “We were particularly pleased to see that 90 per cent of people think that farming is important to the economy. Agriculture’s contribution to the economy increased by 67 per cent between 2007 and 2013 and it’s great that the public have noticed this.
     
    “Many of our farmers work in very rural areas in an isolated way but the work they do effects the everyday lives of British people. It’s heartening that shoppers are not only aware of the farming sector but are consciously making the right decisions to back British farming.”
     
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