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Three Year Contract for Eliminating Sheep Scab in Wales Awarded

20th December 2022

Coleg Sir Gar has been given a three-year period to focus on eliminating sheep scab in Wales by Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths.

John Griffiths from Coleg Sir Gar college in Carmarthenshire, explained that they are “delighted to have been awarded the funds to deliver the All-Wales Sheep Scab Eradication Project in partnership with the Royal Vet College.

“Working with Dr. Neil Paton of the Royal Vet College we plan to roll out the project in 2023.”

The Welsh NHS, education body, and local administration are being urged to spend more money on locally produced food as part of a new programme that the Welsh government just unveiled.

The programme included the launch of an online food purchasing tool called “Buying Food Fit for the Future”.

“Food is a crucial Foundational Economy sector which has faced, and is still facing, many challenges”

“Public sector procurement has an important role in helping address these challenges and re-localising food chains, maximising self-sufficiency and resilience.”

Local governing bodies and NHS Wales collectively account for over 80% of the value of public sector food procurement in Wales, which is estimated to be almost £85
million per year.

Lesley Griffiths, Rural Affairs Minister, has a positive response to the programme: “I’m pleased to see this new initiaitve which will help the public sector buy local,”

“It will provide a great opportunity for producers and encourage more of the public sector to buy produce which is closer to home.”

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