08 December 2008
Public sector organisations are purchasing more food from local suppliers, according to figures from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
A report on progress into the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative (PSFPI) found that many government bodies have increased local purchasing schemes since 2007. The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) showed the most improvement, sourcing 90 per cent of its food from domestic suppliers, compared with 72 per cent last year. The Ministry of Defence was second in terms of increase, improving local food purchasing from 43 per cent in 2007 to 59 per cent.
A spokeswoman for Defra said the rise in domestic purchasing was part of an ongoing process to improve tendering opportunities for small and local producers.
The National Farmers' Union said the government still has work to do on the issue. It added public sector buyers need more practical advice on how to purchase local food.