04 Dec

Just a brief post for those of you that are new visitors to welshfoodbites, I just want to remind you that you are more than welcome to add your comments to any posts even if you do not agree with my take on things, that’s fine. But the point is this site just gives my take on things, how I view what’s happening, but it is important that I and the industry get different peoples’ take on what is happening as Welsh food and drink is so important to our economy.

Wag food are regular visitors to this site, they have to be, because if that was not the case then our rankings would not be so good. There is no need for you to leave your name, you can call yourself whatever you like! I do get a bit fed up with producer or trader, but the most important part is that you can leave your views and no-one knows who you are unless you want them too. Obviously you have to give your email, but if you wish to keep your true email from me there are easy ways of getting other emails. I believe this site is performing an important role in giving you a voice and getting your views and opinions out there.

For some reason, the Welsh Government haven’t thought it a good idea to give me £43k, as they have to fork2fork, to keep my site updated for 12 months. That site is an on going puzzle to me. I went on their site at 11.00am and there was still no post up about  Minister Alun Davies’ food action plan speech from Monday! Maybe £43k to do basic job doesn’t mean that they have to be efficient – but then who knows? Money for old rope does spring to mind once again. As we begin December, fork2fork have managed to post 43 news items and when I say post, I mean they copy and paste them, not think and craft anything new. Surely nobody can say cutting and pasting is a difficult or time-consuming job can they? But being kind and concerned about their poor rankings I went back onto their site just after 12.00pm to find they have now managed to post their first news item for December, which is the Alun Davies action plan. So if you want to try your maths out, 43 news items as we enter December for their £43k payment……………………………..who said money for old rope?


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  1. meat and market man

    December 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Whoever approved and signed off this £800k and then gave them another £100k needs to supply every Welsh producer with some detailed answers as to why this has been such an horrific waste of our money.
    You need a judge and jury on this case, that would be the only fair way. Just because this is European money doesn’t mean Wales can throw it at a one of their favourite companies under one banner of awareness and the rest because wag likes them.
    If you hadn’t have found out this news, I for one would have known nothing about it. But that’s how wag food want it to be. Keep us in the dark and feed us………..

  2. Producer

    December 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I visited the fork2fork site today looking for some information, which was not on it. I noticed the food festival in Aberystwyth on December 21st is not mentioned, or in fact the market’s on the third Saturday of each month. I emailed them about this several months ago, but no correction has been made.
    Do they go out looking for information, or just wait for the info to land on their desks?
    I wonder how many of us would be in business if we relied on others to provide information on marketing opportunities instead of constantly looking out for this? But then we have not had any handouts…

  3. Benji7???

    December 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

    My view is they wait for news items to come in and then – when they have time – post it.
    Alun Davies’ action plan came out on Monday but was only posted yesterday

    It clearly shows the difference between those of us not funded and the slow face of those that are……

  4. producer

    December 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    If I’d been treated as unfairly as you have, I’d be livid beyond belief.
    £43k to update a website that hardly anyone visits is stupid and whoever made that decision needs to explain how and why it was made. How many people in your county, which is where fba are and working in the private sector, earn £43k per year? My head is spinning with this.
    Europe needs to know how Wales gives European money to companies which are offering no value to the Welsh people.
    I’m horrified that this is still happening in Wales.

  5. Jay

    December 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

    You are a star, but a glutton for punishment putting up with all this tosh from wag.
    I find it hard to believe that another £43k has gone to fork2fork yet again, £900k in total. They must have thought they’d won the lottery. Somebody or bodies should be for the high jump for the waste on this sces, but that will never happen. Honest hard-working producers like me feel like we are living in another world whilst civil servants just waste money.