Farmers union reacts to meat plant bids

DEFA says a number of formal offers have been submitted

Formal bids are in to run the Island's meat plant - so it's decision time, says the Manx National Farmer's Union.

President, Brian Brumby, insists industry is keen for government to make the right choice for industry, and taxpayers, as soon as possible.  

The plant is currently run by a cooperative of farmers under the brand; Isle of Man Meats - recently lambasted for financial inefficiency, and a lack of market focus.

Its last annual subvention from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture cost £1.3 million.

Mr Brumby explains what the Manx NFU believes should come next:

DEFA Minister, Geoffrey Boot, says it would be inappropriate to comment further, as the tender process is ongoing.

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