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30 June 2016

Stevenson Welcomes Scottish Government Commitment to Dairy

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson today [Thursday] welcomed the Scottish Government's commitment to the dairy industry.

In an Oral Question to the Minister, he invited the Scottish Government to address recent challenges facing the dairy industry in the North-east.

Mr Stevenson went on to reference the positive work of NFU Scotland, Opportunity North East and Aberdeenshire Council who are commissioning an evaluation of alternative processing options in the North-east.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“Due to challenges within the market place it remains difficult for our dairy producers to get a fair price. Therefore it remains essential that we continue to develop industry supportive strategies.

“The Scottish Government continues to provide support through the Dairy Growth Board, Scottish Dairy Hub and has plans to be involved in an industry led working group that will consider what support can be given in the immediate term.”

“I welcome the commitment of the Scottish Government to work with all stakeholders and assist the industry through this difficult time. Equally, I commend the action of NFU Scotland, Opportunity North East and Aberdeenshire Council decision to initiate the evaluation process for alternative dairy processing options in the North East.

“Both the Scottish Government and I recognise the value of local and industry innovation. This evaluation is pursuing exactly the kind of innovation that is necessary to protect the industry in the North East.”
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