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.
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.
This morning I chaired an ECR Rural Economy Policy Group meeting on The future of Environmental Protection in Europe.READ MORE
Examining the prospects for a mid-term review of the CAP and my early thoughts on what Brexit means for European farmers.READ MORE
Ian Duncan MEP has chaired a session exploring what future UK agricultural policy could look like outside the European Union.READ MORE
Ian Duncan has welcomed the news that the European Commission will extend the period during which farm payments can be made without incurring fines beyond the current June 30 deadline.READ MORE
The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will take place on the 23 June. I believe it will be a once in a generation, perhaps even once in a lifetime, event. The question to be posed in the referendum is straightforward, the answer, a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ However, the relationship between the UK and the EU is anything but simple.READ MORE
The purpose of this paper is to consider whether membership of the EU provides an advantage to the UK in terms of farming and the rural environment.READ MORE
A letter from Fergus Ewing confirms that farmers could be charged interest on Emergency Scottish Government LoansREAD MORE
Today I wrote to Farming Commissioner Hogan on my concerns regarding current Greening Requirements faced by Scottish and British farmers and my thoughts on where there can be reform.READ MORE
Ian Duncan MEP this morning met with EU Farming Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the ongoing impasse affecting the licensing of glyphosate, the herbicide upon which Scottish farmers depend.READ MORE
Scottish Conservative MEP Dr Ian Duncan will tomorrow meet EU Farming Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the ongoing crisis caused by the Scottish Government's handling of the payment of EU farm subsidies.READ MORE
Peter has already shown himself a ready champion of farmers. In addressing the SNP’s handling of the cod issue he is ready to fight for fishermen. Earlier in the year Peter was campaigning for the dualling of the A90. The Northeast needs a rural champion in Holyrood, and Peter is just the man for the job.READ MORE
Oliver is the only candidate from the major parties to have grown up in the constituency, so he knows the issues well. He was schooled in Moffat and knows the local issues because he is local.READ MORE
SCOTLAND’S farmers could be forgiven for thinking they have been abandoned by the SNP government. Richard Lochhead, the cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the longest serving environment minister in Europe – as he is so fond of telling people – has presided over a payments fiasco which would make the Marx Brothers blush.READ MORE
The drive from Inverness to Forres takes you through some of the best farmland in Scotland. Fine seed potatoes are grown in Moray. Fine barley too. I always think that barley is best enjoyed in whisky form, and where better to enjoy it than Moray, home to more distilleries than anywhere else on the planet. Macallan, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Aberlour; if you want a fine dram, Moray’s for you!READ MORE
Inverness is the most northerly city of the Kingdom, the capital of the Highlands and a tourist mecca. I can attest to the latter; almost a quarter of those I canvassed on the High Street haled from far flung quarters.READ MORE
Today my question to you is what can be done to make the CAP better? First Published, Press and Journal, 2nd April 2016READ MORE
Dr Ian Duncan is asking fishermen and farmers to tell him how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can be reformed as part of the Prime Minister´s renegotiation deal.READ MORE
ECR Rural Economy Policy Group, chaired by Ian Duncan MEP, hears from Commission and Council on Climate Change and Agriculture, CAP Reform and a possible investigation by the Commission into Scottish Government Farm Payment Crisis.READ MORE
Commisioner Hogan admits, "I would like to see all farmers, whether in Scotland or elsewhere, paid as quickly as possible."READ MORE
The Scottish Government has admitted thousands of farmers are going to have to wait even longer to receive vital payments.READ MORE