>> 27 April 2016
Banff & Buchan MP, Dr Eilidh Whiteford, has welcomed a commitment by Deputy First Minister John Swinney to maintain Scotland’s strong record of growth in the food and drink sector.
Among the commitments were a £5million fund for promoting Scotland’s regional food producers; a pledge that the Scottish Government will work hard to secure a good deal for Scottish producers at CAP negotiations in 2017; and implementation of the Scotland Food and Drink Plan, which will target key overseas markets for growth.
Speaking following the announcement, Dr Whiteford said this represented good news for producers across the country.
“Though we’ve seen a phenomenal growth in food and drink exports since 2012, there’s still plenty to be done. The world’s demand for first-class Scottish food is insatiable, and I am pleased to see the Scottish Government taking a proactive lead in the matter.”
SNP Scottish Parliament candidate for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin, added:
“The Scottish Government is listening to producers, and is taking proactive measures to bring the very best of Scotland’s produce to an ever wider market.”
Scottish food and drink exports to the rest of the world are worth around £1.1billion every year. This represents an increase of 20% on turnover in 2014