Jeremy Clarkson has admitted that he ‘worries’ about Clarkson’s Farm star Kaleb Cooper’s future as a result of the government’s treatment of the farming industry.
Kaleb has become the unlikely star of the hit Amazon Prime Video series, which sees The Grand Tour presenter take on the huge task of running the 1,000 acre Diddly Squat Farm in the Cotswolds.
His farming expertise has proven vital in the series to date, but Jeremy is concerned about his long term future in the industry.
The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host compared the government’s treatment of the farming industry to ‘ethnic cleansing’, expressing his doubts over the future of Kaleb’s livelihood and the industry as a whole.
Speaking to The Sun, the 61-year-old said: ‘Kaleb’s fantastic but it worries me how he’ll ever be able to afford his own farm.
‘He’s up against hedge fund managers now who don’t necessarily want to farm it.’
The presenter went on to say that te UK’s self-sufficiency is ‘right at the bottom of the end of where you want to go’ and added that it’s capable of being 80% self-sufficient.
Speaking at a National Farmers Union event earlier this week, he added: ‘We can’t see the Germans coming across the Channel or the Chinese, but we still maintain a significant air force, army and navy.
‘Surely if you’re going to maintain that level of defence to protect us, you would want to protect our food supply. It should be as much encouragement as possible from the Government to the farmers to actually get it back up a bit.’
Jeremy went on to say: ‘If you’re thinking about the country as a whole and looking after the people in it, you have to look after the farmers who provide the food.’
Kaleb previously spoke about the show, which has been renewed for a second season, revealing that his outbursts of frustration at Jeremy are 100% real.
‘He doesn’t listen to me but the good thing is he has an interest in farming which makes it a lot easier. That’s why I shout at him and I get genuinely angry when he makes a mistake.’
Clarkson’s Farm is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Credit: Original article published here.