Let’s buy produce grown in our own region

WITH reference to “Think local to create jobs” by Tim Hewitt-Coleman (The Herald, June 20), what a creative, “local is lekker” article.

It is especially poignant when one reads of the possible imminent closure of Bushy Park Dairy, which has become the dairy of choice for so many loyal residents.

 On Wednesday, June 22 The Herald published an article, “Dairy farm could close soon” – “Skewed competition a factor”. One of the problems cited is the establishment of a government-supported dairy in the East London IDZ.

 Another state-supported dairy is now being proposed for the Coega IDZ, according to Puffer Hartzenberg of Bushy Park Dairy. So, where does that leave our metro?

 Soaring unemployment figures should surely have alarm bells screeching about the possible laying off of 74 people working at the Bushy Park Farm, never mind the employees at the five outlets in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage selling high quality products at affordable prices. We must not allow ourselves to be held to ransom by the huge dairy chains and government-subsidised organisations.

 Come on, Port Elizabeth, let’s step up to the plate and do something other than tut-tutting about this situation. All strength to Melissa Riordan, who is leading a group of supporters in a campaign to prevent the closure.

As she says: “It is one of our greatest ‘proudly PE’ businesses. Please help me to show that we can support a local business”.

Bernice Wright, DA PR councillor, Port Elizabeth

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