FARM chiefs welcomed the new package of measures unveiled by the Prime Minister at the second annual Farm to Fork summit held on Tuesday at Number 10.

Announcements made looked at the long-sterm strategic plans around food security, a blueprint to boos the fruit and vegetable and growth for the sector..

It comes after the NFU revealed a crisis of confidence among farmers and growers in its survey last week following the wettest winter on record.

NFU President Tom Bradshaw said: “It was good to return to Number 10 today to see and hear the Prime Minister champion British food production, putting it at the top of the national political agenda. Food security is national security.

“Many of the announcements are extremely welcome, particularly those long-term strategic ambitions around the launch of a UK Food Security Index and measures to boost the production of more British fruit and vegetables.

“But we cannot forget that our members have experienced the wettest eighteen months since 1836, including devastating flooding, and many are facing an acute short-term crisis.We will continue to engage with ministers on the detail needed for the immediate relief our farm businesses require and believe that core standards for food imports also need to be part of the long-term offer.”