Government praises Scottish farmers

Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Caroline Spelman has praised Scottish farmers for the success of their produce overseas. Scotland has broken its food export record, surpassing £1bn in 2011.

Speaking after a meeting with the National Farmers Union Scotland in Selkirkshire, Spelman said: “Scotland’s produce is becoming the envy of the world, thanks to the hard work of fishermen, farmers and everyone else involved in food and drink production.
“The success the industry achieved in 2011 was phenomenal and brought enormous benefits to the economy of not just Scotland, but the whole of the UK.
“We must now find a way to make sure the industry can thrive by reforming the Common Agriculture Policy and Common Fisheries Policy in a way that allows farmers and fishermen to continue to be successful in the future.”

The Scottish food and drink industry generates an estimated £10bn a year for the economy, and the government has repeatedly committed to defending UK farmers’ interests in EU policy-making.