‘New support package will benefit potato growers’

A NEW government support package for UK growers has been welcomed by the NFU and Fresh Produce Consortium, who say it will address some key current challenges.

NFU and FPC welcome new UK government measures which they say will address potato supply challenges.

A NEW government support package for UK growers has been welcomed by the NFU and Fresh Produce Consortium, who say it will address some key current challenges in the potato industry.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled the significant support package at the UK Farm to Fork Summit, held at Downing Street.

The package includes measures to maintain the annual farming budget at £2.4 billion and introduction of a £427 million grant to boost innovation and productivity.

The Seasonal Worker Visa Route will be expanded to ensure sufficient labour for the horticulture sector, supporting the timely harvest of crops.

Key Measures Announced:

  • Maintenance of the annual farming budget at £2.4 billion and a £427 million grant for innovation.
  • Expansion of the Seasonal Worker Visa Route to address critical labour shortages.
  • Investments in high-tech, controlled environment horticulture to increase domestic fruit and vegetable production.
  • A new trade framework to protect UK food standards and explore new export opportunities.
  • Allocation of up to £30 million for precision breeding technologies.
  • Funding for renewable energy solutions on farms.
  • Support for regenerative farming and alternative protein sources.

The Prime Minister Sunak said: “British farmers have shown incredible resilience in the face of recent challenges. Our commitment is to provide the necessary support to ensure their continued success and to strengthen our food security.”

NFU President Minette Batters said it was recognition of the strategic importance of British agriculture and welcomed the new measures aimed at enhancing food production and sustainability. She said: “These actions recognise the importance of coordinated action across government to support confidence, investment, and growth in British food.”

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) also welcomed the initiative.

FPC’s Chief Executive Nigel Jenney said: “We are positive about the opportunity to enhance UK fresh produce production and food security. This initiative reinforces the need for a balance of imports to meet the diverse eating habits of our nation.”

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