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Arable Farming

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL1955, tabled on 12 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to improve arable productivity and efficiency.

Answered on

25 October 2017

The Government wants to see an efficient, productive and competitive domestic farming industry able to grow more, sell more and export more British food.

The latest round of funding under the Rural Development Programme for England includes £120 million for targeted investments that improve farm productivity, including new buildings and machinery. Defra is also funding four Genetic Improvement Network programmes, at a cost of over £1 million per year. This research aims to boost the productivity and performance of major UK crop varieties; for example, through more efficient growth, reduced environmental impact and greater economic potential.

As we leave the EU, we have the chance to design a new approach to agricultural policy which supports further productivity gains through innovation, technology and skills.

AHDB (cereals) is a levy funded body that commissions research and development in the arable sector.