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Sunak to launch food security index as 8% fall in UK self-sufficiency predicted

Sunak to launch food security index as 8% fall in UK self-sufficiency predicted

Sunak to launch food security index as 8% fall in UK self-sufficiency predicted
May 14, 2024 1 min, 4 secs

Rishi Sunak will launch his food security index to farmers on Tuesday, as experts predict extreme weather this year could cut UK self-sufficiency by 8%.

The prime minister is hosting a farm to fork summit at Downing Street and will say: “I know for many farmers the impact of adverse weather in recent months has made working the land even harder, but my message is clear, our support for you is unwavering and we will be with you every step of the way.”

Farmers whose entire cropping land was submerged recently found they were ineligible for a government flooding hardship fund because their farms were too far from a major river.

The president of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Victoria Vyvyan, said: “The public expect greater self-sufficiency in fruit and vegetables and farmers can provide it, but the government must ensure its plan is ambitious and workable.

“The Conservative government has stood idly by as farmers – including our great fruit and veg growers – have been devastated by flooding, skyrocketing energy prices and undermined by dodgy Tory trade deals.

The environment secretary, Steve Barclay, said: “This announcement will turbocharge the growth of our horticultural sector supporting the building of cutting-edge glasshouses and innovative farming techniques to put British fruit and vegetables on our plates all-year round.”

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