Tesco is planning a programme of seminars across the UK to encourage farmers to produce organic food for the chain's locally sourced produce. Tesco said the Masterclass seminars on organic food production would follow the blueprint of a seminar it had arranged to take place at Harper Adams University on April 17. Tesco divisional technical manager Martin Cook, an organic produce expert, and Oliver Dowding, chairman of the NFU's organics committee, will address delegates. The NFU committee, which meets Tesco every six to eight weeks, is supporting the Masterclass programme by sending speakers to the seminars. A union spokeswoman said: "The committee is keen to talk to all the multiples, but Tesco is moving very quickly on this." The organics committee regularly consults the Tesco Centre of Agriculture at Newcastle University about issues related to organic food production. A Tesco spokeswoman commented: "By sharing knowledge, we can identify where the barriers to organics growing are." {{NEWS }}