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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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Opening up public sector cash 'to help UK farmers'

Prime Minister David Cameron to inject cash into 15 UK-led food projects Credit: PA

Schools, hospitals and the wider public sector will be encouraged to buy "locally sourced" fresh and seasonal produce, according to Number 10, under an £18 million food initiative.

Up to £400 million of up to £600 million spent by the public sector on imported food and drink could be sourced from within the UK, they added.

By opening up these contracts, we can help (our farmers) create more jobs, invest in their businesses and make sure people in our country have a healthier lifestyle. It's a triple-win - and will mean a brighter future for our country.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

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