The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed plans to bring science and agriculture closer together to create more sustainable, healthier and affordable food, reports thisiscornwall.co.uk.
Announced earlier this week (July 22) and to be led by the Leadership Council, the Agri-tech Strategy will allow food manufacturers to source more environmentally friendly ingredients from an improved farming industry.
The government will invest £160 million into new centres for agricultural innovation with the aim of boosting productivity and aiding the development of new products.
Andrew Kuyk, sustainability director of the FDF – a key figure in the food and beverage sector – said this made for encouraging news given that food manufacturers purchase around two-thirds of UK agricultural produce.
Taking to foodmanufacture.co.uk, he added: “We believe there is real potential for sustainable increases in production here as well as export opportunities for world leading UK products, technologies and services in the future to help meet the wider global challenges of producing more from less and with less environmental impact.”
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has also welcomed the plans, claiming that UK agricultural businesses should become more efficient, profitable and resilient off the back of them.
NFU Peter Kendall said the Leadership Council should look to forge stronger links between the science and farming industry through investment in research and development.
“The leadership council must proactively engage with the farming industry and have a strong, challenging voice into government,” he added.