New strategy for Scottish produce

The new plans being launched

SCOTTISH businesses are getting behind the nation’s fruit, vegetable and potato industry with the launch of a new growth strategy for the sector.

The Planting the Seeds of Growth strategy, which identifies a number of key areas for improvement, was developed following a consultation with input from over 100 businesses and stakeholders in the sector.

Scotland Food & Drink chief James Withers said the new strategy should “act as a catalyst to drive growth.”

Scottish Government rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: “There is no doubt that we face challenges, particularly relating to Brexit, but this sector has huge potential if we can increase consumption, displace imports, and capitalise on our reputation internationally.”