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MSP's Holyrood motion hails north-east food producers

By Kyle Ritchie

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MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament that applauds the unwavering spirit of food producers, farmers, and fishers.

The MSP, whose constituency is often known as Scotland’s larder from Whisky distilleries such as Glen Deveron and Glenglassaugh, smoked salmon and seafood producers such as Downies of Whitehills, and the finest beef and artisan food producers, the area is renowned for a reputation for quality.

Ms Adam outlined the food industry has not had its challenges to seek over the last few years but has shown tenacity and ingenuity while facing multiple challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, that has seen food producers hit by staffing problems, increased red tape and the threat of damaging trade deals, that threaten to undercut local producers and drive down food standards.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam.
Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam.

She also draws attention to the need for and the availability of robust funding from the Scottish Government to help food producers at this time.

An example is the Marine Fund Scotland, which gives substantial funding to businesses in the seafood sector to combat labour shortages through training and improving sustainability and productivity with funding energy-efficient equipment.

Locally Downies of Whitehills was awarded a significant grant by the Scottish Government scheme.

In the motion, the MSP thanks all involved in the food production industry for their continued efforts to bring world-class Scottish food products to tables and wishes continued success and support in the future.

Ms Adam said: “I’m really delighted to lodge this motion recognising the north-east’s producers in the Scottish Parliament.

"As the MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast, this is a small token of appreciation and my way of saying thank you.

"It’s important we express gratitude for achievements when we see it and I will keep making sure that the contribution of our industries here on the coast is highlighted and recognised at a national level.

“The quality of Scotland’s food and drink is renowned all over the world and that reputation has been well earned due to the hard work and high standards we have here and it is why Scottish goods command a premium internationally.

“Banffshire and Buchan Coast is often referred to as ‘Scotland’s larder’ and that is because of the invaluable contribution by everyone across our food production, agriculture and fishing industries.

"Having spoken with dozens of industry leaders over the summer, I know just how hard our food producers, fishing industry and agriculture sectors have been hit by the double whammy of Covid and EU exit, there have been real challenges, particularly in terms of sourcing labour.”

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