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DEFRA will be making a capital investment of about £65 million in improving resilience to animal disease, Elizabeth Truss, the Secretary of State, announced during the Oxford Farming Conference last week. The investment, she said, ‘will bring us state-of-the-art laboratories and fund the upgrade of our biocontainment facilities at Weybridge, securing our ability to fight diseases like swine fever and avian flu’.
Ms Truss said that Defra had secured £2.7 billion to invest in capital, which was 12 per cent more than in the previous five years. …