Phased return for staff at Blaenau Ffestiniog plastics site
Staff at a plastics factory in Gwynedd have begun a phased return to work.
Only essential employees had been left on the Rehau site in Blaenau Ffestiniog where production of window profiles stopped on 26 March.
The company, which employs nearly 200 people at the premises,
said the first tranche of
staff returned to work on Monday after “extensive consultation” with safety
experts and employees.
Safety measures include
recording the temperature of staff on a daily basis, a one-way system in the
building, two-metre physical distancing and instructions for face masks to be
worn at all times.
Rehau said it expected 130 staff to be brought back off furlough within the next few days.
Family dairy farm to sell own milk as orders cancelled
A family dairy farm in Pembrokeshire has begun selling its own milk directly to customers, as demand from processors collapses with coronavirus lockdown forcing the closure of high street coffee shops.
Research by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board suggests that around half of Welsh dairy
farms have been “badly hit”m with 58% seeing a drop in
prices and 45% asked to slash production.
Clos Farm near Rhoshill has decided
to begin selling its own milk in the two local shops that the family own in
nearby Crymych and Efailwen.
Most Welsh milk for drinking is currently processed in England, but the milk from
Clos Farm will only have to travel six miles to the shop at Efailwen to be pasteurised.
Ifan James, who runs the herd of dairy cattle at Clos Farm, said: “For years we’ve been
tinkering with different options.
"We’ve got the shops and the cows, and we were
thinking of marrying it up and taking it in to our own hands.
“It’s a way of adding value to our
product. With the coronavirus everybody is starting to look at 'local'. Why not get your milk from a local farmer?”
Gareth Richards, former chair of NFU Cymru’s dairy
board, says the minority of dairy farms selling their own raw or pasteurised milk is increasing in number.
“Milk sales are up 15-20% in
supermarkets," he said.
"There are plenty of resourceful farmers looking to sell their
product. I think we’ll see more. The demand is there.”