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.’