Government survey canvasses views on declining levels of UK fresh produce

Growers' views and experiences are set to form part of a key Government-led survey examining the declining production of UK fresh produce, as reported on last week.

The survey is being conducted by English Farming & Food Partnerships (EFFP) on behalf of Defra. The department aims to halt the decline in domestic production across all sectors (apart from sweet peppers) as UK producers struggle to compete effectively with imports.

The EFFP is examining business collaboration, environmental sustainability and the sector's use of producer organisations. As part of the work, the EFFP is surveying UK fruit and vegetable producers to find out more about their views.

An EFFP representative commented: "This survey provides an opportunity for growers to influence the development of the sector at what is a key moment in time."

Growers who would like to take part in the survey can do so by visiting or going to the EFFP website at and following the links from there.

All information provided through the survey will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Any growers who would like further information or those who would like to speak to the EFFP in connection with the survey are advised to contact Liz Bowles on 01884 32605.


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