Farming, Fisheries, Food & Drink

Tories Will Sacrifice Our Fishing

"So, to put it plainly, Northern Irish boats will have free access to fish in the same waters as Ayrshire boats but when their catches are landed and processed in Northern Ireland, they can then be exported to Europe without paying import tariffs, keeping their prices down and making them more attractive. Ayrshire boats will land their catches here and the processors and suppliers will have to pay import tariffs to sell in Europe making them more expensive for the same product and so less attractive. Tory Brexit will guarantee this. Don’t vote for them. They care nothing for the people of South Ayrshire. Labour will come third again so don’t split the anti-Tory vote."

Scottish Government Help For Farmers Up

"A couple of weeks ago Fergus Ewing SNP Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture announced increased loans of 95% (up from previous 90% level) of Basic Payment Scheme payments to Scottish farmers. (https://news.gov.scot/news/cap-loans-underway : Investment released to help mitigate impacts of Brexit. Loans providing financial support to farmers in advance of Brexit will arrive in bank accounts from 4 October.Under the National Basic Payment Support Scheme, more than 13,450 eligible farmers will receive up to 95% of their Basic Payment Scheme 2019 payments – an increase of 5% on previous years – totalling £327.17 million.)"

8% Of The UK Population But 29% Of Food And Drink Exports

"In Insider yesterday: Scottish food and drink has (sic) grown three times faster than the economy as a whole over the past 10 years. Figures from the Royal Bank of Scotland Purchasing Managers Index shows the food and drink sector accounts for nearly one in four manufacturing jobs and underpins Scotland’s position as the dominant force behind UK international trade in agrifood products. A reason for the sector to be optimistic is the Scotland’s food and drink producers is the sector’s record in gaining a foothold in new overseas markets, especially the opportunities provided by fast-growing consumer demand in emerging markets. The export success of the whisky, bakeries and aquaculture industries means that Scotland accounts for 29 per cent of all UK food and drink sales to overseas markets. In fact, Scotland exports more beverages by value than the rest of the UK combined."

On Scottish Fishing

"Today, fish stocks are recovering to healthy levels, but only thanks to EU intervention. Had the Scottish fleet been allowed to continue as it was the end-game would have been the same for the fleet, but there would have been no fish stocks today and no recovery. Many fishing families fished ethically, but if fishermen – especially those from that era who are blaming the EU while waving a Union Jack – need to point the finger at anyone for the tragic demise of the industry and our communities, then I suggest they take a good long look in the mirror."