Grahame calls on retailers to back local farmers

Thursday September 24th 2015

SNP MSP Christine Grahame has today backed the Scottish Government’s calls for retailers to support local farmers during difficult economic times by sourcing Scottish products.

The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead has already written to major high street coffee retailers urging them to commit to using Scottish milk and other produce as Scotland’s agricultural sector copes with volatile global markets.

Ms Grahame said:

“With farmers here in in the Borders and Midlothian, and indeed across Scotland, going through tough times as a result of poor weather conditions and low prices, it is incumbent on all of us to do what we can to support them – that’s why I’m calling on major retailers to commit to sourcing Scottish products, to support our farmers in their hour of need.

“Scotland’s food and drink sector enjoys an unparalleled reputation across the world – and it’s time that retailers here at home did their bit to ensure that this success filters down to primary producers here in Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale and help ensure a fairer deal for local farmers.

“There are already inspiring examples of retailers in Scotland committing to using local produce to support our farmers – and I hope that many more businesses in my constituency will quickly follow suit.”

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