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New orchard to help UK pears compete with imports

The largest conference pear orchard the UK has seen for 40 years is being planted on a fruit farm in Kent.

It is hoped that modern growing techniques and technology, mean it will be able to compete with European imports, making it easier to buy a local pear -- from local shelves.

The industry has been in decline but its hoped the new orchard will help it flourish. Sarah Saunders reports.

The interviewees are Nigel Stewart, Technical Director; and Edwin Martin, a local food promoter.

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