The government will today publish its long-awaited action plan outlining its response to the Curry report, and a long-term strategy for sustainable food and farming.

The report will attempt to address issues affecting both industries to ensure a profitable future.

DEFRA secretary of state Margaret Beckett told The Grocer the document had been “extensively rewritten” since the first drafts.

The report has called for taxpayers' money set aside for the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy to be re-directed into “green” schemes in this country. And for better labelling on food, a reduction in pesticides, more locally-produced food, and schemes to encourage healthier eating.

Retail sources said they expected the report would suggest they stumped up some cash to drive forward the relaunched red tractor, but hoped the government would also put its hands in its pockets.

Manufacturing sources said progress had already been made in several areas outlined in the Curry report, including the establishment of a food chain centre, an English collaboration board and an organics action plan, but work still needed to be done to tackle the regulatory burden facing processors along with a recognition they were operating in global markets.

The NFU said farmers were “understandably jaundiced” after a series of action plans that had yielded little, and called on the government to tackle the regulation culture that “threatens to strangle the industry”, and to boost investment in R&D and alternative crops.