A new package of measures to support farmers and grow the UK’s farming and food sector has been announced by the government today (Tuesday 14 May).  The package, unveiled at the Farm to Fork Summit hosted by the Prime Minister at Downing Street today, will support domestic food production and boost innovation in the sector.  Support includes:

  • Ensuring the sector has access to affordable and sustainable energy and water
  • Cutting planning red tape to make it easier and quicker to build glasshouses
  • New investment to boost innovation in the sector, where Defra will look to double to £80 million the amount of funding given to horticulture businesses when compared to the EU legacy Fruit and Vegetable Aid Scheme.

The Summit also saw publication of the first draft Food Security Index, setting out key data and trends to allow government and industry to safeguard the UK’s food security. This will allow us to monitor short-term trends across the UK.  In addition, the Government has set out how it will provide further support for farmers affected by the wet weather.   Read more here.