Food: Production

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what types of Government support are being made available to food producers to help improve their productivity.

Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to enable technological innovation and productivity to enhance British food production.

Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is taking steps to help the poultry meat sector scale up production to support increased self-sufficiency after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

As we leave the EU we want to support farmers to grow more, sell more and export more great British food. We are looking carefully at which policies will support and grow our world leading food and farming industry in a sustainable way that provides added benefits for the environment.

The Rural Development Programme for England includes schemes that provide grants, animal health programmes, and other forms of support to improve the productivity and competitiveness of England’s agriculture sectors, including the poultry sector. The Countryside Productivity Scheme includes the offer of grants towards the costs of innovative technology.

Technological innovation is a key part of this Government’s Industrial Strategy. The £90 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, ‘Transforming Food Production’, will put the UK at the forefront of advanced sustainable agriculture and food production whilst reducing emissions, pollution, waste and soil erosion. Our recent consultations on future agriculture policy also highlighted policy proposals to support research and innovation and knowledge transfer to farms.

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