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Farmers Saeima dissatisfied with product procurement requirements for Latvian army

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOver the course of the past several weeks Latvia’s Farmers Saeima has received calls from vegetable growers, who expressed shock over the food procurement tender organized for the needs of the National Armed Forces. Farmers said they are unable to participate because there are requirements for crops not grown in Latvia, Farmers Saeima reports.

The association’s representatives explain that domestic vegetable growers would gladly participate in the tender and would be able to meet all requirements if the document did not list products such as champignon mushrooms and ginger, which are not grown in Latvia. «If suppliers are unable to supply all listed products, and Latvian farmers are most assuredly unable, considering champignon mushrooms and ginger are not grown in the country, are unable to participate in the tender! If officials and clients had any desire to support local producers, then one-two calls to industry experts would have prevent such horrible mistakes,» says the association.

Farmers Saeima deputy chairman Juris Cīrulis added that this tender outlines a trend in the entire national economy, namely lobbying associates and partners who are not producers but retailers and speculators. «If the author of the tender is a competent person, then such negligence should be considered malicious, and this person should be fired! The procurement procedure is 100% financed from the state budget and it is sad to see our taxpayers’ money to flow away to companies that legally and illegally import vegetables from other countries,» he said.

According to Cīrulis, procurements remain focused on the wrong aspects: instead of providing the army with the best and freshest vegetables approved by the Food and Veterinary Service, procurements give away Latvia’s budget to suppliers from other countries and their mediators.

Farmers Saeima notes that suppliers are able to submit applications for participation in the tender for food procurement for the needs of National Armed Forces until 10 August 2018. Still, there is some hope one of the local producers may meet requirements.


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