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£18m worth of funding to go to UK-led food projects

Downing Street has announced funding of £12.1 million provided by Government and £5.7 million from industry to be shared between 15 UK-led projects.

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£18m UK-led food projects to help local farmers

Making lamb tastier to eat and growing new strawberries without soil are among research projects receiving a share of almost £18 million, Downing Street has announced.

New UK-led food projects to help local farmers Credit: PA

Fifteen UK-led projects will share funding of £12.1 million provided by Government and £5.7 million from industry, which also include investigating the protection of peas and beans from beetles without widespread insecticide spraying and using light to extend the shelf-life of fresh produce.

Millions of pounds of public sector cash will also be up for grabs to British farmers from 2017 when central government commits to buying "locally sourced" fresh and seasonal produce when it can do so, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

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