A Manx politician has called for an immediate government review following a radio debate on the sustainability of the local food industry.
Castletown MHK Richard Ronan made the call following the broadcast of a round-table discussion on the Manx Radio’s Mandate programme last week (September 6).
Mr Ronan said: “The Manx Radio programme raised some serious questions about the long term viability of locally produced food if we do not act decisively. It is vital that the Isle of Man is able to produce its own produce, particularly in core areas.”
Presenter John Moss chaired the debate which featured contributions from Shoprite head-buyer John Speakman, Isle of Man Creameries MD Findlay McLeod, DEFA Minister Phil Gawne and Middle MHK Howard Quayle, as well as other key industry players.
Manx Radio managing director Anthony Pugh said: “I am delighted to see that our analysis of food sustainability on the Isle of Man has also encouraged Island politicians to pursue the matter further.”
He continued: “Manx Radio’s role has, and always will be, to draw listener’s attention to major issues facing the Nation. By bringing experts together to explain the issues clearly our listeners are able to make up their own minds on the issues of the day.”
Mr Ronan added that he welcomed comments from colleague Phil Gawne who said he had already held positive meetings with the Department of Economic Development Minister John Shimmin regarding the matter.