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Farmers and food producers 'not investing in Manx community' due to freight costs

DEFA concerns highlighted during Select Commitee session

Farmers and food producers on the Isle of Man are choosing not to explore ‘live market opportunities’ because of the cost of freight.

That’s the view of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture which says high fares are a concern for many.

It’s told the Select Committee of Tynwald on the Regulation of the Steam Packet Company that it wants more input into the Sea Services User Agreement.

The committee was established to review the SSUA and the status of Treasury as shareholder of the company.

DEFA Chief Officer Scott Gallacher and Minister Clare Barber told Committee Chair Jason Moorhouse they feel something needs to change:

Manx Radio has invited the Steam Packet to respond.

You can listen to the full sitting of the committee by clicking HERE.

 

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