British Growers chief calls on government to follow through on food and farming pledges

British Growers Association chief executive Jack Ward has called on the new Conservative government to deliver on its manifesto pledge to set out a vision to "grow more, buy more and sell more British food".

Image: BGA
Image: BGA

"The Conservative manifesto was very clear in its vision to support the UK agriculture industry as part of a long term vision to increase sales of British produced food," he said.

"With Liz Truss remaining in her role at Defra we're expecting to see these priorities progress quickly now the cabinet has settled in."

The manifesto sets out a commitment to promoting British produce abroad with the creation of a Great British Food Unit and at home with support for legislation around country of origin labelling.

"For British Growers Association, one of our priorities for 2015 and beyond is to raise the profile of British horticulture," Ward added. "It is reassuring to see that the Conservative manifesto also recognises this as a key issue but it is essential that these promises translate into genuine support for British food production."

And pointing to the manifesto's promise to "champion the Grocery Code Adjudicator to ensure farmers receive a fair deal from supermarkets", Ward said: "the GCA has an important role to play in giving growers a fairer deal – and we are keen to see this progressed over the next few years under an all-Conservative leadership."


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