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Compensation needed for Scotland’s food and drink businesses

14th January 2021

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has urged the UK Government to provide compensation to Scotland’s beleaguered food and drink sector as a result of the current trade issues. The sector is currently facing a series of challenging impacts as a result of the Brexit deal establishing new non-tariff barriers. This is compounded by the coronavirus…

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Update on seafood sector exports

12th January 2021

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing met key seafood businesses and organisations this afternoon to discuss the ongoing issues affecting trade. Following the meeting, he said: “The plain facts are these very serious problems have arisen because of Brexit and the UK Government’s failure to agree to proposals about how to implement it – in particular…

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Post-Brexit seafood export delays

7th January 2021

Responding to reports of delays with exporting seafood from Scotland to the EU as a result of post-Brexit arrangements, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing issued a statement. He said: “The Scottish Government, together with Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Scottish Local Authorities, have been working intensively for many months to mitigate the worst impacts of…

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Response to new UK emissions target

4th December 2020

Commenting on today’s announcement from the UK Government that, as part of their nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement, they are targeting a 68% cut in emissions by 2030, Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The news that the UK Government is targeting a 68% cut in emissions by 2030 is welcome…

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Update on Environmental Standards Scotland

4th December 2020

Chair and members put forward for appointment. The Scottish Government has today announced its intention to recommend the former Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Jim Martin, as Chair of Scotland’s new environmental body, Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS). It is proposed that the Chair will be supported by four other members with experience of the environment sector…

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In conversation: Natural Environment Minister Marie Gougeon discusses the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy

26th November 2020

We spoke to Marie Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, about the Scottish Government’s recently published Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy.                                                                                      …

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Countdown to Glasgow COP26 begins

9th November 2020

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said the next year will be a “critical time” for international climate action, as Glasgow prepares to host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021. With one year to go until Scotland’s largest city welcomes world leaders and delegates at COP26, Ms Cunningham said the summit presented an…

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Compensate farmers for Brexit losses

10th July 2020

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing is calling for sheep farmers to be compensated for their losses if the UK Government fails to secure a comprehensive trade deal with the EU this year. Given the additional disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mr Ewing is repeating his call for a compensation scheme for farmers. A…

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Letter on distillery co-products

3rd June 2020

The bioenergy, agriculture and Scotch Whisky sectors are being consulted on how to ensure a fairer market for distillery co-products used in livestock feed in Scotland. Distillery co-products are an important source of protein and fibre when used for livestock feed, but the amount used in Scotland has decreased in recent years as prices have…

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In the news: Land use report

23rd January 2020

You may have seen coverage in the media around the UK Committee on Climate Change’s latest report into Land Use.

The report states that land use must change to meet the UK’s net zero target. Although it is possible to reduce the emission of Greenhouse Gases in ways that are consistent with other strategic priorities for land – such as food production and biodiversity – the current UK & Devolved Administration policy frameworks for food production, forestry, and environment will not achieve the net zero target and must change significantly.

The Scottish Government’s response is below.

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