Don backs calls to support farmers

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Angus North and Mearns, Nigel Don, 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.

Mr Don said: “It’s what I have been told to do over my whole lifetime, buy locally, so I back calls for chain retailers to use Scottish produce in their products.”

Speaking in the debate Mr Don also urged Scottish people to consider the source of their foods.

He said: “If people can buy locally, please buy locally. It is a choice that we have to make.

“If it costs us a penny or two more, so be it - again, it is a choice that we can make.

“We can support our fellow countrymen in an industry on which we are going to be dependent over the long term just by changing what we do with our money.”