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NFU welcomes strategic plans after summit with Rishi Sunak

The NFU has welcomed announcements made to look at long-term strategic plans around food security, horticulture, investment and growth for the sector.

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Tom Bradshaw with the PM

But after the NFU revealed a crisis of confidence among farmers and growers in a survey last week, which showed farmer confidence at a record low following the wettest winter on record, it stressed the need for immediate support to help the sector and rebuild much-needed confidence and resilience.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hosted the Farm to Fork summit at 10 Downing Street.

At the summit, a series of announcements were made by the government including a new blueprint to increase domestic production in the UK horticulture sector, the publication of the Food Security Index setting out key data and trends and further support for farmers and growers affected by wet weather.

NFU President Tom Bradshaw said: “It was good to return to Number 10 to see and hear the Prime Minister champion British food production, putting it at the top of the national political agenda. Food security is national security.

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