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What will support for agriculture by the new UK Prime Minister look like?

Newly confirmed Prime Minister Liz Truss seems to be changing her perspectives on the importance of agriculture. During an interview with the BBC on September 4, Ms Truss stressed her opposition to the development of solar farms on agricultural land.

When pushed on the subject, the new Conservative Party leader said she had no problem with solar panels being placed on the roofs of buildings, but felt that agricultural land should be maintained for food production purposes. There followed a commitment of sorts on the need to make food self-sufficiency a priority for a new government.

All of this seems to be at odds with Liz Truss, in her role as Foreign Secretary, pushing for free trade deals with the likes of Australia and New Zealand, two of the world’s agricultural superpowers. And let’s not forget that the Conservative government of Boris Johnson committed to ending the principles that encapsulated the principles of the single payment support system.

The coming days will, no doubt, see the new Prime Minister coming forward with a host of government interventions, all designed to tackle the energy and cost-of-living crisis that face households and businesses over the coming months.


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