News: Supporting Scottish Organic Cereal Growers
SOPA has recently launched a networking club for organic cereal growers as part of its offering to members and the wider organic arable sector.
The Scottish Organic Cereals Club is open to all organic cereal growers in Scotland, whether fully organic or in-conversion. SOPA is also encouraging organic grain traders and merchants to register an interest if they are seeking home-grown grain.
The Club aims to alleviate supply chain barriers by facilitating collaborative trade between grain merchants and groups or sole organic growers, as well as gathering information about the size and scale of organic cereals grown in Scotland.
A secondary benefit is the newly launched Facebook platform, a closed group called Scottish Organic Cereal Growers. This closed group offers a secure place to share ideas, ask questions and network with other organic cereal growers.
Debs Roberts, SOPA Policy Manager, said "The Scottish Organic Action Plan rates supply chain initiatives as essential to help markets work smoothly. We have been building on our work in 2015 and 2016 with the organic cereals benchmarking group to develop the Scottish Organic Cereals Club to help facilitate trade. The Facebook group is a very useful tool for growers to network and share their expertise. We encourage all organic growers to get involved and take advantage of this service"
Further information on the Club can be found by contacting SOPA on 0131 335 6606 and Facebook users can search for the Cereals group and ask to join.