Rural and Environment

  • Compensation needed for Scotland’s food and drink businesses

    14th January 2021 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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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  • This week: 7/6/19

    7th June 2019 by

    Food and Drink exports A second phase of the Scotland Food and Drink Export Plan has been announced – to help the industry to achieve its overall aim to double turnover value to £30 billion by 2030. The Food and Drink Export Plan is supported by £4.5 million OF joint funding from the Scottish Government,…

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  • This week: 15/02/19

    15th February 2019 by

    Biodiversity Challenge Fund Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announces a £2 million Biodiversity Challenge Fund. Funding will be used to create new habitats, and improve existing ones, safeguarding our native species and encouraging more access to nature. Read more Rural Economy Action Group A new group tasked with bringing the rural economy to the forefront of…

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  • In the news: Japanese market opens for British beef and lamb

    10th January 2019 by

    You may have seen in the news today that Japan has signed an agreement to lift its ban on imports of British beef and lamb. The ban, which has been in place since 1996, has been removed with immediate effect. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Japan opening its domestic market to Scottish beef and…

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