"And with our rising population, that will continue unless we take action. Yet the EU's proposed Ecologically Favoured Areas will take land out of production. We also need to stop the loss of farmland to rampant and thoughtless urbanisation."
He compared the UK situation with the Republic of Ireland's food strategy, which aims to increase the value of food production by 33 per cent and the value of exports by 40 per cent by 2020.
"The Dutch have identified agriculture as a key sector for growth," said Kendall. "France and Australia have recognised that food and farming is part of the solution," he added.