The UK Government is to show its support for Scotland’s agriculture, food and farming sectors this week when it takes part in the Royal Highland Show.

Both the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, and UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, will be in attendance to meet Scottish farmers and their representatives.

“As we prepare to leave the EU we are determined to develop new trade relationships that benefit Scottish farmers and food producers”

The UK government said that farming, agriculture and other rural businesses are a key part of Scotland’s economy, and that they are “determined to get a good deal for them” in its negotiations with the EU.

Gove and Mundell will meet with representatives of the food and farming community and members of the public to discuss what is important to them and find out more about how the UK Government can deliver for people in Scotland.

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said: “The UK Government’s presence at the Royal Highland Show is a clear demonstration of our commitment to Scotland’s agriculture, food and farming sectors.

“We are clear that we will protect and promote the interests of Scotland’s farming community as we leave the EU. We have made clear that current funding arrangements will continue until 2020, and I hope that these payments will reach Scottish farmers efficiently.”

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Our ambition is for the UK to become a truly global trading nation and there are great opportunities for Scotland’s most celebrated exports such as Scotch, salmon and gin to take advantage of the growing interest in British food and drink around the world.

“As we prepare to leave the EU we are determined to develop new trade relationships that benefit Scottish farmers and food producers – and I look forward to discussing these opportunities at the Royal Highland Show.”

In 2015 agriculture, fisheries and forestry contributed £1.6 billion to Scotland’s economy and agriculture makes up around 1.3 per cent of Scotland’s economy, compared to £10.8 billion (0.7 per cent) for the UK as a whole.

The Scottish and Environment Secretaries will also host a Scottish gin reception at the show, presenting the best of Scotland’s artisan gins and quality produce.

The UK Government’s Food is GREAT campaign will also be present at the ‘Scotland’s Larder Live’ area of the show, encouraging Scottish food and drink producers to export, and showcasing Scotland’s excellent food and drink offer to consumers.

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