Growing market for organic vegetable crops
Consumer demand for organic food has created a huge opportunity
for horticultural growers in Cornwall, says Organic South
West, who are holding a special seminar entitled 'Growing
for the market' on Wednesday 22 March at Duchy College, Rosewarne.
"There is a definite shortage of UK grown organic
horticultural produce," says Martin Davies, technical
adviser for Organic South West. "Consumers are crying
out for fresh, locally grown vegetables and Cornish producers
are in an ideal position to meet that demand."
Technical experts Roger Hitchings from Elm Farm Research
Centre and Iain Tolhurst, an organic grower with many years
experience, will be among those presenting at the seminar
at Duchy College.
Organic South West, which promotes organic food and farming
across the region, say that initial findings from recently
commissioned market research indicate high levels of awareness
amongst retailers and wholesalers regarding organic food sales
in Cornwall. Consumers appear willing to pay a premium for
top quality organic produce, possibly up to 20% above conventional
prices reports the Soil Association's market intelligence
officer James Cleeton who, together with Martin Davies will
illustrate the Cornish situation with regard to future organic
The full results of the research, commissioned from ADAS,
will be presented at a second seminar on 'The economic viability
of organic farming' to be held on 29 March at Kingsley Village,
Fraddon. Designed to assist farmers considering conversion
to organic farming, this seminar looks at case studies for
actual beef and sheep enterprises and dairy farming within
"Getting the cash flow right is essential for any
business," concludes Martin Davies. "Making
the critical decision to 'go organic' adds up for a number
of reasons, with growing consumer demand and higher stewardship
payments for the environmental benefits delivered by organic
farming. If you really want the facts and figures, then this
seminar is a must – and it's free!"
Both seminars run from 10am – 2pm and places are restricted
but free. To reserve a place contact Organic South West on
For further information please contact Emma Parkin, PR and
Media on 01392 490009 or email: email@example.com.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Organic South West through
the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Martin
Butler, at Government Office South West on 01752 635015, before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Organic South West is a Soil Association project, part funded
by the EAGGF and Defra through the Objective One Programme,
to help grow the organic market in Cornwall & the Isles
of Scilly. They provide technical, business and market support
across the supply chain to businesses that produce, process
and retail organic produce. They also operate an Objective
One business grant scheme of up to 50% funding for organic
businesses that wish to develop their business.
For more information see: www.organicsouthwest.org
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