VIDEO: Farming under the spotlight

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As part of her visit to Lincolnshire MP Liz Truss, spoke to farmers.

The Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said it was really important for the county to be at the centre of food production in the UK.

She said: “It’s a really, highly productive area and the food industry is really important to the county.”

She added: “I’m very pleased that Lincolnshire has become one of our food enterprise aims, which is all about linking up farming with food manufacturing to capture the whole value of the chain and can produce fantastic products.”

She said the Government had been able to protect 580,000 acres of farmland through flood prevention schemes, and would aim to protect a further 420,000 acres in the next parliament.

Andrew Wilson, County adviser for the National Farmers Union in Lincolnshire, said farmers had been able to raise issues such as transport and infrastructure, as well as difficulties with the ‘Basic Payment Scheme’ - an IT system which was abandoned on Friday.

Boston and Skegness Conservative election candidate Matt Warman said food producation was ‘vital’ for both the local and national economy.