ALCESTER’S MP Nadhim Zahawi is urging local schools and hospitals to back a government incentive to eat more locally produced food.

He said: “I have always been supportive of buying local produce where ever possible and it’s fantastic that the government has made this commitment.

“It will mean a more secure future for our local farmers and will ensure that our school children and hospital patients are able to enjoy the best of British every day.”

The plan would drive £400 million towards British farmers and food producers by lowering the amount we import.

From 2017, all of central government will commit to buying fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food.

The aim is to back local smaller producers of food which should mean more competition, less waste and reduced costs.

The strategy is part of a government ‘Plan for Public Procurement’ which was announced by the Prime Minister and Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss this week.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “This move will mean that food served in canteens across the public sector can be more local, seasonal and tastier.

“It will help drive growth in Britain’s first class food and drink industry and benefit the environment through reduced waste, higher take-up of meals and less unappetising food left on plates.”

“This is a huge boost to British farmers and producers and for students, patients and employees who want to enjoy fantastic food.”

In future all schools and hospitals will be expected to serve more locally reared meats and freshly picked fruit and vegetables.