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Sunak’s food security plan fails to fix immediate problems, says farming chief

Sunak’s food security plan fails to fix immediate problems, says farming chief

Sunak’s food security plan fails to fix immediate problems, says farming chief
May 14, 2024 57 secs

Rishi Sunak’s plan to improve the UK’s food security will not help build farmer’s confidence in the short-term, the head of the country’s biggest farming body has said.

Food production was likely to drop next year, said Tom Bradshaw, the president of the National Farmers’ Union, who warned that the prime minister’s plan, published during the UK’s second annual Farm to Fork summit, failed to give farmers the solutions they needed.

The new policies include changing planning laws to make it easier to build greenhouses and a replacement for the EU horticulture resilience scheme that would double the funding available to £80m a year.

Today was more about the strategic long-term plan, it’s not about putting the building blocks in place that rebuild that confidence immediately.”

There are also widespread concerns about the impact phasing out the EU’s basic payment scheme subsidies will have on farmers.

Steve Barclay, the environment secretary, said: “Today’s announcements 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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