MSP backs call for support

North East MSP Christian Allard with Roy Mitchell during a visit to Drimmies Farm
North East MSP Christian Allard with Roy Mitchell during a visit to Drimmies Farm

North-East MSP Christian Allard recently announced he is backing the Scottish Government’s call for retailers to provide more support to local farmers.

The Scottish Government is currently urging retailers to show their support to local farmers by sourcing Scottish products instead of importing goods.

The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, has recently written to many of the major high street coffee retailers calling on them to commit to using Scottish milk and other produce in a bid to show their support to local farmers.

Mr Allard has also joined the Scottish Government’s pleas to retailers and has written to several supermarkets urging them to promote and sell products from Scottish farmers.

Mr Allard said: “Scotland’s food and drink sector enjoys an unparalleled reputation across the world.

“I once again urge retailers here at home to do their bit to ensure that this success is replicated in our local communities.

“With farmers in the North-East going through tough times as a result of poor weather conditions and low prices it is vital that they get support from retailers.”

Mr Allard also highlighted the importance for retailers to source local produce to help celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink.

He said: “In Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink I very much welcome Richard Lochhead’s intervention to get a fairer deal for local farmers.”