Inaugural conference

Fenland MP Steve Barclay talking at the Fengrain conference
Fenland MP Steve Barclay talking at the Fengrain conference

Fenland MP Steve Barclay addressed more than 150 farming and industry experts at the inaugural Fengrain Conference held at the Peterborough Showground.

The conference explored the use of land to grow combinable crops and allowed growers and expert farmers from across the region to discuss challenges facing the supply chain and the year ahead for the industry.

Mr Barclay said: “It was a great pleasure to join hundreds of specialist growers in highlighting the vital role grain and arable crop farmers play in supply chains up and down the country. The people responsible for growing crops have a vital role to play in the cost of the food that gets onto people’s plates, so it’s especially important that they have the chance to discuss issues affecting them and their businesses.

“I also had the opportunity to listen to some very interesting presentations from experts at all stages of the supply chain including Tim Smith, technical and trading law director at Tesco, Tim Lang professor of food policy at City of London University and other leaders from land agents and food manufacturing.

“I was particularly interested to hear about the current consultation on reform of the CAP and the debate surrounding pesticides and water management. Following my discussion I am keen to request that the Government takes action to support reservoirs in the region which are particularly valuable to the fresh foods sector.”

Fengrain is a leading grain supplier and storage centre based in Wimblington.