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UK has opportunity to grow more fruit and vegetables, NFU says

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Government should be looking at the opportunity to grow more fruit and vegetables domestically rather than focusing on exports, according to the NFU.

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NFU’s horticulture and potato board chairwoman, Ali Capper, who is an apple and hops grower from Worcestershire, said that British growers and businesses can take advantage of the opportunities that Brexit presents to increase domestic production and consumption.

Speaking on the Big Debate panel at FPJ Live, the UK's fruit and vegetable congress, she said: “I get very frustrated about the government obsession with exports. What we should be looking at is the opportunity to grow more here in the UK.

“Government needs to be more positive with the public. They are fed up with negative health messages. They would benefit from more positive messaging and as a sector we have a lot of positives to talk about.”

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