Posted: Thu 19th Nov 2015

Local farmers want Deeside public to buy Welsh produce.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 19th, 2015

BUY WELSH PRODUCE! That was the message coming out of a meeting between Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant who has lent his support to local farmers in their bid to ask the public to support Welsh produce. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Mr Sargeant met with farmers from Alyn and Deeside and an eye-catching weapon in their fight to promote Welsh produce – the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) #BackWelshFarming trailer. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The trailer, branded with the ‘It’s Time to Back Welsh Farming’ bilingual campaign message is being towed by a Land Rover Defender, which has been donated by Land Rover UK to NFU Cymru to help with the campaign. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I’m happy to back local farmers in this campaign because it makes sense from an environmental and economic perspective to support local produce and businesses.” said the Deeside AM. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The farmers, who met with Mr Sergeant in Queensferry, explained that they were asking shoppers to help them by looking out for the three Ls when out shopping: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

• Logos – indicating quality standards and origin of ingredients ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

• Labels – indicate where products are from and how they are made ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

• Location – point of sale locations like shops or supermarkets should be placing Welsh products in high-visibility areas. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

NFU Clwyd county chairman Evan Roberts said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The current state of the industry in lamb and milking is the hardest we’ve seen and the support of the public and the Welsh Government would be very much appreciated. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It would be good if the public could demand more Welsh produce in their supermarkets as we have a very good supply here in Wales – there is no need to fly in lamb from New Zealand.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Dairy farmer Terrig Morgan of Carreg y Llech Farm, Treuddyn, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We want the general public to buy Welsh produce and we’re very pleased that Carl Sargeant as our local Assembly Member has taken an interest and listened to our concerns.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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