Date lodged: 17 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it will undertake with the sheep farming sector on maintaining Scotland’s position in the single market, in light of reports that Scottish farmers may be exposed to significant competition resulting from a proposed trade deal between the UK and New Zealand.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 31 January 2017
We are having regular engagement with the food and drink industry on a range of Brexit related issues, most recently at the Food and Farming summit that I hosted last week in Edinburgh. The National Sheep Association was represented at the summit and we discussed the opportunities to further grow and support the sector. In addition I met with the NSA in November last year where we discussed among other things the Common Agricultural Policy and EU Exit. Scotland’s primary producers – including our sheep farmers – are vital to the future success of the food and drink industry and the Scottish Government will continue to protect their interests.