Remember to ‘buy local for Jubilee’ says UFU

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee fast approaching, the Ulster Farmers’ Union is reminding consumers to ‘buy local’ when shopping for the celebrations.
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AHDB has forecast an increase in dairy and meat sales in the run up to the Jubilee, highlighting the importance of food production locally.

UFU president, David Brown, commented: “Back in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, UK consumers spent an extra £202m on food and drink ahead of the celebrations.

“This was because many across the country were hosting get togethers, from BBQs to picnics and afternoon teas, to mark the special occasion.

“This year, AHDB are expecting dairy and meat sales in particular, to increase, but are conscious that the current cost of living crisis will have an impact on the volume of sales.

“Nevertheless, it stresses the importance of our local farmers and the work they do producing high-quality food daily.”

The president continued: “The supply and affordability of food has been making headlines recently due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

“It has exposed the significance and fragility of food security at home as well as abroad, as farmers continue to struggle with the management of unprecedented inflationary costs.

“When someone is not directly involved with farming, they can become disconnected from the origins of their food, the process of production and the critical role farmers have in society - the impact they have on their life.

“For many big occasions, such as the Queen’s Jubilee, food is at the core of our celebrations, and not forgetting how our day-to-day lives are also planned around the three core meals.

“It’s our farmers who work hard upholding world leading standards to produce this food, so consumers can pick up what they need in shop when they need it without having to think twice because the demand, the expectation is always met.”

Mr Brown is urging consumers to be “mindful” when they’re buying their groceries for the Jubilee celebrations.

“Farmers take pride in producing safe, nutritious food for families across the UK to enjoy, not just for one day, but 365 days of the year on repeat,” he stated.

“So please support our primary producers who work to support you.

“Choose local produce and help protect our food security at a time when farmers need confidence in the markets to ensure they can sustain their farm business in the months that lie head.

“This is essential to continue to develop a productive, profitable and progressive farming sector that delivers for the environment, the economy, and you the consumer.”