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Flour mill hopeful of a better year ahead

Had to activate contingency plan during Covid

The Isle of Man's local wheat harvest is currently meeting expectations.

Laxey Glen Mills says it is confident after experiencing difficulties due to the pandemic.

Chairman Phil Dunne says it means there should be a plentiful supply to produce high quality flour products.

The Coronavirus pandemic brought unexpected challenges for the Mill.

Unprecedented demand in 2020 meant it used up its Island wheat stocks faster than usual.

It was necessary to activate a contingency plan and turn to additional wheat stocks imported from the UK.

The market has since stabilised and, according to Mr Dunne, this year's harvest has left it in a much stronger position

He paid tribute to local farmers for their good stewardship and acknowledged the difficulties they have faced with soaring prices for fertilisers as a result of a spike in the price of oil.

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