Norfolk’s food and farming sector would be given an economic boost if the county is chosen to develop one or more of the Government’s new Food Enterprise Zones, says CLA East.
Eleven FEZs have already announced by Environment Secretary and South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss, with bids from Local Enterprise Partnerships now being accepted ahead of a second round of announcements.
The MP said FEZs would help unlock the potential of local food and farming businesses, boost local economies and attract more investment.
CLA East regional director Ben Underwood said: “The CLA supports the creation of the FEZs and believes strongly that Norfolk should be a host.
“Norfolk has the largest agriculture sector of any English county and as Ms Truss said herself at the Norfolk Farming Conference, there is a great resurgence of pride in our unique heritage of local food and drink – and nowhere is that truer than in this county.
“A creation of a zone, alongside plans to develop a Norfolk Food Hub, would add considerable value to the county’s food and farming sector. It would also contribute much towards the Norfolk Rural Development Strategy’s objective to increase the quality and quantity of rural jobs, and the number of rural business start-ups and farm diversification projects.”