Walsoken fruit grower calls for Government to back them in a plea to expand the fruit farming industry

Elizabeth Truss MP and Fred Leach, Secretary of States office, DEFRA.

Elizabeth Truss MP and Fred Leach, Secretary of States office, DEFRA. - Credit: Archant

A Fen fruit grower met with politicians to call for the need to expand the industry.

A farmer with William Norman and Son of Walsoken met South West Norfolk MP and Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss to discuss new technology and production systems which mean British fruit is now available to enjoy for longer in the year.

Apples, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, currents and grapes are all grown in the UK and each year contribute to exports worth £900m of fruit and veg.

Elizabeth Truss MP said: “The food industry is one of the UK’s greatest success stories which I see first-hand through many local farms and businesses in my constituency .

“Fruit is an important part of what we produce and so it was fantastic to hear from fruit growers who have the ambition to see the sector develop further. “We also have community orchards which really encourage local involvement amongst both young and old.”

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Farmer Fred Leach of William Norman and Son joined the Secretary of State at the meeting.

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