The UK's first organic contract farming business has been set up in an attempt to decrease over-reliance on imports of organic cereal crops.

Speedwell Farming was officially launched at the National Organic Cereals event in Suffolk last week.

The business offers farm management services such as handling the administration required for organic conversion, planning organic crops cycles and organising labour.

Speedwell hoped to grow domestic production of organic cereals, said director Andrew Charlton. "For some time now, we have been conscious of the fact that within the organic cereals sector there's an enormous gap between demand and supply."

If the organic cereal industry did not grow, it faced being dominated by imports, he said. Currently a large amount of organic cereal was imported from places such as Kazakhstan and the Ukraine.