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UK: Ministers launch push to grow more tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuces

LizTruss has launched her dash for growth with a bid to produce more tomatoes, lettuces, and cucumbers in Britain. The government is launching a new ‘salad offensive’ as they scramble to make farms more productive.

The school day could be extended to 4 pm to help with childcare and get parents back to work, The Sun on Sunday understands. While onerous rules forcing childminders to register with Ofsted could also be torn up under the radical plans.

Ministers are also drawing up plans to ramp up house building and encourage communities to get fracking with promises of new schools and GP surgeries. All of the ideas are being batted around as part of the government’s dash for growth agenda.

Environment Secretary Ranil Jayawardena will go to the Netherlands next week to study the ‘Dutch model’ of high-tech greenhouses and vertical farming. Britain currently produces just 25 percent of our cucumbers and 17 percent of our tomatoes. Mr. Jayawardena, one of Liz’s closest allies, said: “Our Dutch neighbors are experts in glasshouse growing, so I want to see how we can expand this sector back home and grow more outstanding British produce.” 

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