CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

FOOD, DRINK & FARMING

Scotland's Food and Drink industry exports are worth more than £5 billion annually - that includes the 40 bottles of Scotch Whisky which leave our shores every second! But this remarkable success story doesn't happen by chance. It is the hard work of farmers, producers, processors, distillers, fishermen and many others that ensure Scotland is known the world over for the quality of our produce.

The European Union has the ability to help grow our exports, and ensure our top quality produce reaches as wide a market as possible. My role as an MEP is to ensure there is a strong voice for Scotland's food and drink industry in the European Parliament.

FARMING

Farmers make a major contribution to Scotland’s economy, with £2.3bn worth of output produced each year by the 65,000 people directly employed in the industry. But farming is also a hugely important part of Scotland culture and landscape, with 75% of Scotland’s land under agricultural production.

The EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), introduced in 1962, is the system of agricultural subsidies used to support farmers across the EU. The aims of the policy include increasing productivity, ensuring fair living standards in the agricultural sector, stabilising markets, securing the supply chain, and providing reasonable prices for consumers.

However, as any farmer will know, the CAP is needlessly complex and remains the main challenge facing farmers in Scotland today.

I work closely with colleagues in Holyrood and Westminster to ensure that the voice of Scotland’s farmers is heard in Brussels.

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