Growers have welcomed a new report on how the government should share the cost of managing plant diseases with industry.

The Imperial College study advocated a crop-by-crop approach, with simple insurance for crops such

as potatoes and more complex arrangements for flowers.

"We welcome the call for more co-operation with the government," said NFU vice president Paul Temple.

The government wants to trim the £12m it spends on plant health checks, but growers want a bigger say in preventing disease if they are to shoulder more costs.