Royal Norfolk Show 2017: Environment secretary Michael Gove to meet food producers and innovators
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Environment secretary Michael Gove will meet food producers and see the region's latest agricultural advances during a visit to the Royal Norfolk Show today.
Following his appointment earlier this month, the cabinet minister was urged to 'understand and articulate' the needs of East Anglia's farming community as the process begins of drawing up a post-EU agricultural policy.
At the show, he will meet producers in the food hall, as well as farmers, researchers and businesses at the Innovation Hub, which showcases emerging science and agricultural technologies.
Mr Gove said: 'Emerging technologies will play a vital role in boosting productivity and growth, unlocking the full potential of our farming industry as we adapt to a rapidly changing world and maintain our leading role on the global stage outside the EU.
'The East of England is a real hotbed of agricultural innovation and the enthusiasm and passion of the region's farmers, who exported a record £1.6bn of food and drink last year, is truly inspirational.'
The environment secretary will also visit the Broads Village, which showcases the importance of the National Park to industry, culture and landscapes.