On Easter Saturday I called into Cobtree Young Farmers Club.
Farming is a big part of our local economy and at the heart of rural communities across Faversham and Mid Kent.
Young Farmers Clubs do a fantastic job in getting young people interested in farming – they’re not only a lot of fun but also provide a springboard to a career in farming and the agricultural sector.
This is no exception at Cobtree Young Farmers. When I visited, club members were waiting for a visit from the Easter Bunny! But there was plenty of work to do in the meantime with barns being mucked out, lambs being fed, and pigs hosed down in the spring sunshine.
It was great to meet so many young people passionate about farming and looking to pursue this as a career through our local colleges and further afield.
After being elected to Parliament, I set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Fruit and Vegetable Farmers, which continues to do valuable work.
I’m helping local hop growers to get the support they need as we recover from Covid. I’m also doing everything I can to make sure farmers have access to the seasonal workers they need at harvest time.
I'll continue to stand up for our local farmers in any way I can.