Rishi Sunak vowed to back British growers as he hosted the Farm to Fork summit at Downing Street today, amid warnings that the domestic farming industry faces an existential crisis.

The PM welcomed representatives from across the food supply chain – including farmers, food trade bodies, bosses of Britain’s largest supermarkets, and even Kaleb Cooper, the star of Clarkson’s Farm – to thrash out plans to bolster domestic food security.

With food inflation running at its highest level in over 45 years, the timely summit “couldn’t be more needed,” said Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU).

This year saw the NFU report a 40-year low in domestic salad production while Britain wasted £60m worth of crop last year due to a shortage of pickers.