The farming community has been through the mill in recent years, from genuine concerns over the effects of Brexit and future legislative arrangements to the impact of climate change and the unrelenting assaults on our industry by so-called environmentalists, celebrities, the media and even our own government.

Farmers have had a time of it but they forge on.

Christmas bring a greater sense of purpose. Supermarket shelves stripped bare seem to shine a light on the role of farmers as food producers.

Yet as farmers work hard to keep the nation fed at a time when others are kicking up their heels to enjoy the Christmas holiday, they have been betrayed by the UK government.

Just weeks after COP26 drew attention to the perilous state of our climate, the government signed a deal to allow tariff-free imports of lamb and beef.

Lamb and beef is produced to high environmental and welfare standards here in Pembrokeshire.

The UK-Australia free-trade deal is as one-sided and damaging as farming unions have suggested.

It not only betrays farmers but the environment too.

The deal is being hailed as a symbol of post-Brexit success yet it hardly squares with the Prime Minister’s ambition to be a global green leader.

It is clear that the Australia trade deal is fundamentally at odds with the UK’s commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Can importing food from a country thousands of miles away from the UK really be the best way to help reduce emissions?

The UK government’s own impact assessment suggests that carbon emissions from aviation and maritime transport could increase between 31% and 40% as a result of this deal.

It is an absolute nonsense to even consider transporting food from the other side of the world when we produce higher-quality food with better welfare standards here.

It is time for a renewed campaign for low food miles to help consumers draw their own conclusions about the importance of a secure supply of affordable food, or indeed where it is sourced from.