FURNESS MP Simon Fell has welcomed new investment and support for British farmers set out at the UK Farm to Fork Summit.

Representatives from the whole food supply chain came together at 10 Downing Street for the summit to identify further opportunities to boost growth, drive innovation and improve sustainability.

Mr Fell said: “Furness’ farmers work hard around the clock to keep great quality food on our plates, so it’s good to see the Prime Minister hosting this important summit.

“Our farmers are the engine of our rural economy, growing our food, preventing flooding, acting as the custodians of the countryside, and keeping local communities across Furness alive. I welcome the new investment and support announced today.”

Ahead of the summit, the government confirmed a range of further new measures to help strengthen the long-term resilience and sustainability of the sector.

Announcements included the Prime Minister setting out a new framework for trade negotiations, £5.6 million additional investment to boost exports of British food around the world, £30 million investment to build on the new Genetic Technology Act, using new powers to make sure farmers get a fair price for their produce in the egg and horticulture sectors, and confirming the future of support for horticulture.