Relax water restrictions imposed on farmers - or risk food shortages and spiralling prices. That's the blunt message to the Water Minister. A summit has been looking at the threat to food production in the South posed by climate change and the increasing risk of drought.
Farmers say complex rules limiting the amount of water used on crops must be simplified or scrapped. This is despite a record wet summer. James Smith, chairman of the Kent National Farmers Union spoke to Meridian a little earlier.
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Amanda Houston has Wednesday's forecast for the west of the region.
Amanda has Wednesday's forecast for the east of the ITV Meridian region.
Amanda Houston has the lunchtime forecast for the west of the ITV Meridian Meridian region.