Local procurement key to better returns

The Farmers Union of Wales has criticised the Ministry of Defence after it emerged that less than 20% of the lamb it served troops was British.

Speaking at the Welsh Winter Fair on Monday (1 December), Gareth Vaughan, FUW president, said there was a drastic need for government agencies, organisations and the public to buy responsibly.

Recently announced figures on local produce procurement by government bodies indicated progress was being made, but 75% of lamb served in British hospitals was still imported.

Mr Vaughan said responsible procurement was needed to secure fair returns for producers, so the FUW had added it’s support to the work of the Wales Fair Trade Forum, which had managed to make Wales the first ever Fair Trade Nation.

Urging all Welsh farmers to be prepared to help farmers in other parts of the world, Mr Vaughan said: “If you can’t buy local produce, buy fair trade produce.

“The fundamental message is to think before you buy, whether it is coffee or a joint of beef.”

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