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'End uncertainty for organic zone' COUNTRY IN BRIEF.

THE Welsh Government must end the uncertainty for organic producers in Wales and support the sector in developing viable, profitable markets for Welsh organic produce, says NFU Cymru.

This message comes as part of the union's response to the Welsh Government's Consultation on Organic Farming Support 2015-20.

Organic dairy farmer Haydn Evans, of Pembrokeshire, who represents NFU Cymru on the NFU Organic Issues Group said: "The lack of policy direction from Welsh Government has been of critical concern to our organic members and a significant contributory factor in the drift back to conventional farming systems.

"There is no doubt that the economic downturn has challenged the development of markets for organic produce whilst costs of production within the sector have escalated. Yet globally, the market for organic produce is growing year-on-year and with appropriate marketing support, there are opportunities for organic producers in Wales going forward."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 28, 2014
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