NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is backing an initiative to highlight the work of farmers.
He is supporting ’24 hours in Farming’, run by leading agricultural magazine Farmers Guardian and sponsored by supermarket giant, Morrisons.
The event, which has been running for the past four years, invites people working in the agricultural industry, to take to social media platforms to showcase the work they do on a normal day.
Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, is urging farmers to take part in the agricultural industry’s biggest online occasion.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, through social media, for farmers to share a day in their lives and show the public what it is really like to work in agriculture.
“It is vitally important that people realise what an enormous amount of sheer hard work and effort goes in both to producing the food we eat and protecting our countryside. It is all too easy to pick up produce in a shop, take it for granted without a thought as to how it got there.
“This online, one day event is an ideal chance to showcase what farmers do, day in and day out, to bring us all the range and quality of produce we want. I am happy to give my support and call on fellow AM’s and constituents to back the initiative and show their support for the farming industry.”
Organisers are encouraging farmers to take to social media for one day to post pictures, videos and text to show and explain the work they are doing that day.
The aim is to show consumers the vast extent of the effort and care which goes into producing the food they eat.
People working in the agricultural industry can get involved by posting information, photos or videos through social media on August 9, from 5am – August 10 at 5am.
Organisers want to know about as much everyday farm work as possible, and urge anyone taking part to include photos and videos.
The aim is for #Farm24 to trend on social media all day, highlighting the work and care which goes into food production.
You can take part on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. Simply tag your post #Farm24.
The event has built up a huge following and last year it achieved a Twitter reach of more than 100 million, trended in the top five all day and attracted a number of high profile supporters.
For more information about 24 Hours in Farming, visit: www.fginsight.com/farm24.