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Homegrown food needed

MORE food needs to be grown in Hampshire and West Sussex.

That is the view from officials at the National Farmers’ Union in Petersfield.

New figures show that self-sufficiency – the nation’s ability to feed itself – has fallen every year since 1991.

If the UK relied purely on homegrown food, supplies would run out on the same day, the NFU says.

Meurig Raymond, NFU president, said: ‘This must change.

‘A growth plan would need a cohesive partnership of the industry and government to backing British farming; valuing and buying more British food and helping to set a framework which supports increasing production. It would also look at how we can attract new entrants to farming.’

 

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