Trudy has supported plans to back Copeland's farmers and food producers following the launch of the Government’s first ever Food Strategy.
With plans to boost food production in key sectors, drive innovation and harness new technology, the Strategy will support domestic production, create jobs and grow our local economy.
It also sets out the importance of maintaining and boosting food security, including plans to strengthen the resilience of our supply chains and boost domestic production to help protect against future economic shocks and crises.
Trudy said: “The Food Strategy is good news for farmers, food producers and consumers here in Copeland.
“From spending on innovation, to releasing additional visas for seasonal workers and creating career pathways in the sector, the announcements today will provide a real boost.
“It is the Conservatives that will always champion British food and drink, and enable the sector to reap the benefits of the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Trudy recently met with a group of farmers from the Bassenthwaite and Keswick area to discuss the issues they are currently facing - including food security - and a series of follow-up meetings are planned.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “The food industry is bigger than the automotive and aerospace industries combined, offering employment opportunities, apprenticeships and investment in research and development.
“The strategy we are setting out today will increase the focus on skills in the food sector, and the roles and career pathways available. In particular, we will seek to boost our horticulture industry and ensure the expertise needed to develop the sector here in the UK.”
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