ORGANIC producers in Wales are being given an extra boost to help develop the country’s growing organic sector thanks to a new initiative from certification body Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G).
OF&G Cymru will offer exclusive support to OF&G’s farmer members in Wales thanks to a team of dedicated staff who will help producers in the region.The team will include Welsh-speaking inspectors and certification officers.
Officially launching this month, OF&G Cymru will also provide members with application forms – including conversion plans – written in English and Welsh. Justin Scale, managing director of Capestone Organic Poultry in Haverfordwest, said having a dedicated team to focus on the needs of OF&G members in Wales will give support to a growing sector.
Mr Scale, who joined OF&G on its board of directors in February having been an OF&G member since he converted in 1999, produces 25,000 broilers a week and 40,000 turkeys each year, as well as rearing 900 ewes and 400 head of beef cattle.
“The organic sector in Wales is incredibly buoyant, and having OF&G Cymru there to offer a bilingual service will be a big help to many as they look to convert or grow their businesses,” he said. “Farm businesses in Wales are hugely different to those in the rest of the UK – a Welsh sheep farm is so far removed from a vegetable farm in the Lincolnshire Fens that it’s almost a different language.
“Having OF&G staff who are based in Wales and understand the problems that are unique to our landscape and our market is hugely important.”