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General Election 2017: SNP unveils promises for farming in manifesto

The Scottish National Party has promised to fight to keep Scotland in the single market to protect the food and drink industry in its newly released manifesto.


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Protecting Holyrood’s control over farming was another key pledge, as were demanding Scotland receives its full share of EU convergence uplift cash and pressing for clarity over existing funding.

 

Other promises include:


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  • Ensuring future trade deals secure geographical indications for key Scottish food and drink products
  • Maintaining current standards on animal and plant health and environmental and food safety
  • Calling on the UK Government to guarantee EU nationals’ right to remain in the UK to safeguard the food and drink sector
  • Pressing for a review of the Voluntary Code of Practice for the dairy sector and for contract provisions and arrangements to better meet the needs of milk producers
  • Pushing for all UK Government departments and agencies to purchase more Scottish food
  • Maintaining Scotland’s GM-free status
  • Pressing for a review of alcohol taxation to better reflect alcohol content while supporting minimum unit pricing
  • Demanding UK support to end mobile not spots and deliver better connectivity for rural Scotland
  • Working to end unfair delivery charges and petrol prices for those in rural communities
  • Demanding a presumption against the closure of rural post offices
  • Establishing a new enterprise agency in the south of Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We have a strong track record of delivering for people and businesses in rural Scotland. As our farmers face huge uncertainty on issues like trading tariffs, seasonal migrant workers and the future of rural funding, we will stand up for Scotland’s rural economy in Brexit negotiations.

 

“A vote for the SNP can put Scotland’s interests at the Brexit table and help protect our essential rural industries.”

 

Farming promises from other political parties can be found here and here.

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