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Minister: UK could have leading role in feeding the world

Owen Paterson making the announcement today Credit: PA

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the UK could have a "leading role in feeding the world".

Mr Paterson made the announcement at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, today.

He said the Government will help companies and research providers to overcome any barriers they may face in the UK - ensuring that it is the "best place" for them to carry out their work.

"The farmer benefits. The consumer benefits. The environment benefits," he said

John Innes Centre in Norwich and Rothamstead are both leaders in the this area of scientific research.

Farmers look for higher yields

The Norfolk Farming Conference Credit: ITV Anglia

After a year of drought followed by flooding, farmers could look increasingly to science and technology for help in tackling changing weather patterns.

That's the message from this year's Norfolk Farming Conference which is taking place at the John Innes centre in Norwich.

Delegates at the Norfolk Farming Conference Credit: ITV Anglia

With rising food costs and a growing population the industry is pushing for solutions, like GM crops, developed and grown in the ITV Anglia region.