The NFU president has written to the new Defra Secretary outlining the government's pledges to safeguard UK food production. Minette Batters has reached out to Thérèse Coffey with an open letter [PDF], giving a stark overview of the challenges faced by the farming industry.

Farmers are continuing to feel the extreme effects of rising food and fuel prices alongside global market volatility. In the letter, Mrs. Batters outlined the action needed on everything from UK food production to energy support in order to allow farmers to plan ahead.

She highlighted seven key pledges made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak while he attended the NFU's hustings event during the summer.

These included commitments to establish a new food security target, including a statutory duty to monitor and report on domestic food production levels annually.

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