Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has for the UK to become self-sufficient in the growth of fresh flowers in the event of the UK not reaching an agreement with the EU on a future relationship.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have the climate, landscape, and entrepreneurial farmers and growers in this country allowing us to grow top-quality fresh flowers, ensuring consumers are able to access a wide range of UK-grown produce.

A vibrant and successful ornamental horticulture sector brings significant benefits and plays a crucial role in our economy. We will always champion the sector, looking for ways it can stay competitive with measures to increase productivity and invest in new technology. Part of this work includes working with industry on a sustainable, long-term growth strategy for the sector.

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