D&G farmers urge customers to buy British

Farmers from across Dumfries and Galloway have teamed up with NFU Scotland to support the Red Tractor campaign- asking consumers to shop local and back British produce.

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"It's difficult in all sectors of farming"

Lochmaben farmer David Kincaid Credit: ITV Border

Farmers nationwide have been campaigning for months against the price of milk and meat in the UK market. They argue that the price is at an unacceptably low level and that they're running at a loss with many of their products.

Trust the Tractor campaign is encouraging consumers to think twice about what produce they're buying and where it's from.

Local farmers form Dumfriesshire met with consumers to explain why they feel it's important for people to support the farming industry by buying local, Scottish and British produce.

"There is product coming into the UK saying it's packaged and processed in the UK when infact it's not a UK produced product and that's where the red tractor logo comes in.

"It's difficult in all sectors of farming presently, even the sheep, the beef, the dairy farming in particular, the potato farming, all sectors of farming are under pressure at the minute from weather conditions as well as bad prices."

– David Kincaid, Farmer

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Trust the Tractor campaign in Dumfries and Galloway

The red tractor symbol shows that the product has met certified standards Credit: ITV Border

Farmers from across Dumfries and Galloway have joined forces with NFU Scotland to urge consumers to buy local produce.

The Trust the Tractor campaign aims to educate consumers about where the product has come from, by allowing for full traceability.

"The red tractor symbol is actually there to showcase UK produce both Scottish and UK wide. Very much what you're looking for is hopefully the British flag on the front but specifically the Red Tractor on the back. It's very much about the traceability of the food from farm to packaging."

– Teresa Dougall, Regional manager, NFU Scotland
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