6 March 2015

Long term economic plan for food and farming announced

A long-term economic plan for food and farming that will ensure this thriving industry continues to grow and create jobs has been revealed by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

In a speech at the National Farmers Union conference today, the Environment Secretary identified four priorities, including improving the resilience of the industry in the face of volatile global markets, opening up new markets at home and abroad, and simplifying EU regulations to free up food producers to innovate and grow their businesses.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

“Britain’s food and farming industry is a powerhouse of our economy – contributing £100 bn each year and employing 1 in 8 people – and has huge potential to deliver further jobs and growth.Our long-term economic plan for food and farming will unlock the potential of this vital industry – by encouraging more talented entrepreneurs to pursue a career in food, removing unnecessary bureaucracy, protecting the industry from plant and animal diseases, and opening new markets for top quality British food both at home and overseas.”

The priorities in the long-term economic plan include; Enabling a productive and resilient industry by encouraging more people in to the industry. Opening up new markets at home and abroad by buying more high quality British food in schools, hospitals and public sector canteens – creating up to £400 million in new business for local businesses. Making EU rules work for us for example we have told the EU Commission that decisions on pesticides must be proportionate and based on science to avoid holding back competitiveness of our arable farmers. And protecting this country from plant and animal disease by upholding our world-class system for protecting the country against animal disease. The number of frontline vets to protect farm businesses from animal diseases has been maintained and tackling bovine TB through our comprehensive strategy which aims to eradicate the disease by 2038.

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