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G's Group welcomes UK ministers for pivotal discussion on the future of British agriculture

G's Group, a prominent UK-based grower of salads and vegetables, recently played host to a ministerial delegation. The group included Mark Spencer, the Defra Minister for Food and Farming, and Lucy Frazer, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The officials were given a tour of G's cutting-edge £12 million onion grading facility situated in Ramsey, Huntingdon.

In addition to this, the delegation visited G's Barway site near Ely, where they engaged in in-depth discussions with the G's team.

The conversations centred around the current state of British agriculture, touching on issues such as the availability of labour, the environmental implications of lowland peat farming, and the intricacies involved in automating the harvest of salads.

Minister Spencer underscored the vital role that UK growers have in ensuring the nation's food security. He reiterated the government's ambition, as set out by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, to domestically produce 60% of the food consumed in the UK.

Will Jolly, the head of the onion growing sector at G's, expressed his gratitude for Defra's continued support. He also discussed the landscape for UK agricultural organisations in the post-Brexit era.

Jolly pointed out that leaving the EU offers an opportunity to cut through some of the red tape that had been in place.

What's more, Jolly highlighted that the newly introduced UK Producer Organisation (PO) scheme could be a boon for British farmers. It could make them more efficient and better equipped to meet consumer demand, as well as future environmental objectives.


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