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Updates about the Horticulture Wales project, along with industry news and opinion.

  • July - 2014

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      PM Makes Public Procurement Pledge At Royal Welsh Show

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    • 24

      Hops Study Tour Review – Part Three

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    • 23

      Hops Study Tour – Part Two

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    • 22

      Hops Study Tour Review – Part One

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    • 21

      Welsh Home For UK’s First Aquaponics Solar Greenhouse

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    • 18

      Upcoming Deadline For Farming Awards

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    • 17

      Views Sought On Plans To Make More Land Available For Allotments

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    • 16

      Horticulture Wales At The Royal Welsh Show 2014

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    • 14

      Ten Years Of Food Co-Ops In Wales

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    • 9

      Update On Upcoming Rural Development Programme

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    • 7

      Food Security Report Highlights Fall In Self-Sufficiency

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    • 2

      New ‘Horticulture Focus’ Topic – Exporting

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    • 1

      Horticulture Wales Hosts Special Plant Health Seminar

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June - 2014

PM Makes Public Procurement Pledge At Royal Welsh Show

British farmers and growers will be encouraged to bid for £200 million worth of public sector contracts under new local sourcing guidance unveiled by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Prime Minister David Cameron (180px * 194px)Speaking at a surprise appearance at the Royal Welsh Show – the first-ever visit from a serving Prime Minister – he pledged that the UK Government would commit to buying in-season, locally-sourced food from 2017.

Under the food and drink buying criteria contained in a new ‘Plan for Public Procurement’, public sector buyers will now judge potential suppliers against five key criteria:

  • How food is produced and whether the food was produced locally
  • The health and nutritional content of food purchased
  • The resource efficiency of producing the food, such as water and energy use and waste production
  • How far the food bought meets government’s socio-economic priorities such as involvement of SMEs
  • Quality of service and value for money.

The Prime Minister and new UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss claim British farmers will reap the rewards of the changes because they are best-placed to meet these new standards, which are intended to prioritise procurement from smaller-scale producers. Also included in the plans is the creation of a website where suppliers can register their details and be automatically alerted when any eligible public contracts come up for tender.

In addition to central government departments, the wider public sector – including schools and hospitals – will be encouraged to use the new framework and serve more locally-sourced food.

The public sector in England alone spends £1.2 billion a year on food and drink. Around half of this sum is spent on imported produce, of which approximately £400 million worth could actually be sourced from within the UK. Contracts worth just over half of this £400 million are expected to become available following the Prime Minister’s pledge.

Agri-Tech Catalyst Funding Winners


The Government has also revealed the latest 15 projects that will receive funding from the £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst scheme aimed at accelerating agricultural R&D. The projects include:

  • New strawberries optimised for growing without soil
  • Using light to extend the shelf-life of fresh produce
  • Developing technology for an organic pesticide
  • Increasing the efficiency and quality of strawberries grown without soil
  • Protecting peas and beans from beetles without blanket insecticide spraying.