Ambitious plans to double food sector contribution

Mr-Mark-Tinsley_21-160x130The Greater Lincolnshire has set out ambitious plans for the county in its new Greater Lincolnshire Agri-food Sector Plan for 2014-2020.

The plan highlights the greater Lincolnshire area’s role as a market leader in the agri-food sector, with 10 per cent of English agriculture, five per cent of UK food processing jobs and 70 per cent of the UK fish processing sector being in the county.

However, the LEP wants to double its contribution to the economy by 2030 by investing in skills, knowledge and production capacity within the sector.

In addition, it will build an industry-led Food Board and its own 25-year water supply plan to support food production and investment in transport infrastructure.

Mark Tinsley, a south Lincolnshire arable farmer and sector lead for the plan at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “Greater Lincolnshire is fortunate to be home to the UK’s largest and most progressive food sector, with dynamic businesses and well developed supply chains.

“Our agri-food sector is truly a national leader in this rapidly growing sector, but we must not rest on our laurels.

“The coming decades will bring many challenges and it’s important that Greater Lincolnshire is ready to face them.”

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