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Farmers’ Markets given the go-ahead 7 August 2007

The Animal Health Division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has given the go ahead for future Farmers’ Markets to take place.

Minister for the Department Phil Gawne, MHK said “It is extremely unfortunate that the Farmers’ Market which was due to be held in the Villa Marina colonnade last Saturday had to be cancelled”.

“The Department had very little information on the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom and it was necessary to act quickly in order to prevent any potential problems for Isle of Man agriculture. Provided farmers take the basic biosecurity steps which my Department is advising I am happy for Manx farmers to continue to provide consumers with fresh, seasonal and tasty local produce.”

Advice received from the Animal Health Division is that, as long as there is no livestock present at the site of the proposed markets they may continue with the event.

Anyone who is concerned with livestock will need to follow the advice given by the Department and available on the website at http://www.gov.im/daff/footandmouth.xml

Anyone concerned solely with the growing of vegetables, baking or making jam for example, are asked to carry on!

This news will be welcomed by those producers who offer their fare at the Green Mann market held every Thursday 11 am to 3 pm, the Ramsey Market held in Albert Road School every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and the Douglas Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of the month in the Villa Marina Colonnade from 10 am to 2 pm.

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