Agriculture, Food and Drink
Agriculture, food and drink are important and long-established sectors in East Suffolk. Businesses within them range from micro-enterprises to the major food processing and packaging businesses that are found in the Waveney Valley, north east Suffolk and Lowestoft.
The aim is to ensure that businesses in these sectors are at the forefront of new advances (in technologies, resource-use solutions and routes to market) and cognisant of changing market circumstances, especially as the Brexit process unfolds. This may open new opportunities (e.g. in a potentially resurgent fishing sector) but it could also present challenges as mechanisms and processes of support are re-engineered.
East Suffolk Council will support these sectors by:
Ensuring a strong link to initiatives led by New Anglia LEP in respect of agri-tech in general and the application of data-driven technologies in particular (noting the scope for links with activities at Adastral Park).
- Sustaining a dialogue with existing businesses to ensure that changing labour market and skills issues are quickly recognised and acted upon (particularly in the context of a changing supply of migrant labour) and issues about resource use are appropriately reflected in relevant local and regional policy.
Working to promote local food and drink as part of East Suffolk’s visitor economy and cultural offer.
- Advancing opportunities for the local fishing sector, including potentially as part of a local food offer (linking in with the visitor economy, as outlined above).