Food industry leaders walked shoulder to shoulder with the farmers into 10 Downing Street on Thursday afternoon to hear Tony Blair unveil a £200m aid package for the ailing agriculture sector. The main parts include £26m for the pig farmers, £60m for the hill farmers, and £60m in agri-monetary aid, part of which comes from the EU, shared between dairy, beef and sheep farmers. In addition, £10m will go to "restructuring" schemes. Nick Brown said afterwards: "We want agriculture to be progressive, forward looking and sustainable. It's got to be competitive and flexible enough to respond effectively to market changes and consumer needs." The NFU's Ben Gill said: "This gives us breathing space and is government recognition they see agriculture has a key role to play in the economy." {{NEWS }}