Prime Minister David Cameron, who's visiting the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd, has announced plans for the UK Government to buy locally sourced seasonal food whenever possible. The Welsh Government already has a similar scheme.
In England, it's estimated that the public sector spends £1.2 billion a year on food, half of which is imported. The Prime Minister expects that most of the imported food could be replaced by British produce, much of it locally sourced.
No-one does more or works as hard in Wales and the rest of Britain today than our farmers. By opening up these contracts, we can help them create more jobs, invest in their businesses and make sure people in Wales have a healthier lifestyle. It’s a triple win –and will mean a brighter future for our country.
Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting the Royal Welsh Show this morning.
I’m told the talks between Carwyn Jones and David Cameron were constructive and in keeping with the new ‘mood music’ between the two govts.
Farmers affiliated with NFU Cymru have held a protest outside the Tesco base at the Royal Welsh Show.
The campaigners accuse supermarkets of stocking too much meat from outside the UK and going back on pledges made after the horsemeat scandal.
ITV News asked Tesco representatives for a response, but they declined to comment.
The Royal Welsh Show begins today at Llanelwedd, with warnings over the future of the beef industry here on the agenda.
Meat Promotion Wales says supermarkets and other retailers are stocking too much beef from outside the UK, having gone back on pledges to stock more British meat after the horsemeat scandal.
It says the amount received by farmers in Wales and around the UK has fallen meanwhile, with some paid up to £300 less per animal compared to last year.
The Welsh Retail Consortium, which represents retailers here, has responded by saying that beef prices are related to wider market conditions, and are projected to rise later in the year.
“Large quantities of imported beef products are now present in some UK retailers and we must presume – for want of a better explanation - it’s because it’s a penny or two cheaper than our own produce....The big danger for our industry is that some farmers will feel they have little choice other than to get out of beef altogether and that will be a tragedy, not only for our industry, but also for the consumer....Our message to the entire retail trade is simple - use our products or lose them."
Welsh farmers say they hope supermarkets will finally sit up and listen to their message at this year's Royal Welsh Show. The event, at Llanelwedd, gets underway tomorrow amid concerns that retailers are stocking less British produce than they did last year. Hannah Thomas sent this report from the showground.
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Final preparations are being made before the 2014 Royal Welsh Show gets underway at Llanelwedd, in Powys, tomorrow.
Organisers hope close to quarter of a million visitors are going to descend on the showground between Monday and Thursday.
Last year saw a new record attendance of 241,781. Visitors came from 40 different countries, and included new grandfather Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Organisers the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society say this year's show is going to be just as impressive.
The livestock classes and special awards have attracted an unprecedented 8,000 entries, and there will be more than 1,000 trade stands.
Displays will include the King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery, with six horses pulling First World War saluting guns, to commemorate the centenary of the conflict.
A family from just outside Cardiff who have farmed their land for more than 200 years are fearful they could lose it.
The land comes under a development plan for 5,000 new homes in Radyr.
Now, three generations of the Rees family are questioning whether they have a future in farming at all.
Wales can set its own wages for farmworkers - that's the ruling of the Supreme Court today.
The Bill, which gives the Welsh Government the power to set minimum salaries and benefits was originally passed - but was halted by the Attorney General.
However the move has divided farming unions, as Kevin Ashford reports.
Mick Antoniw, the Assembly member for Pontypridd who was a lead campaigner on the Agricultural Wages Board hails the Supreme Court's decision as a victory for some of the lowest paid members of our society