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I wholeheartedly agree withPrince Charles’ call on city dwellers to support the ‘invisible’ farming industry which, he argues, is crucial to the nation’s prosperity. As he suggests, it is easy for those who live in urban areas to forget how much the UK depends on those who have farmed the land for generations.

We ‘townies’ never give a thought to how much we depend on many family farms and others to keep us well-fed.

Of course the rural economy is largely invisible to many people and anyone that has friends that are farmers will know that the derogatory term, “poor farmers”, does not necessarily mean all are wealthy.

We should never forget the large contribution these people make and have made to our nation’s food security, environment and prosperity by a hell of a lot of hard work.

We have always relied on them to feed us whatever the weather throws at them and hopefully in the coming uncertain years they will, by whichever government is in power, continue to do so with whatever help is required.

Remember our farmers are some of the most efficient in the world and should be encouraged to continue in the same vein by all means available.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74