George Eustice, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, paid a short visit to north-east Fife this week.
During his whistle-stop tour he called in at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, where after a short tour of the museum, he met representatives of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation where the discard ban was under discussion.
He then made a speech at the National Farmers Union Scotland’s annual general meeting at St Andrews Fairmont Hotel.
Mr Eustice told NFU members that there were opportunities for growth in agriculture, praising Scottish success in exports and highlighting opportunities to come for food producers, particularly in emerging markets.
He said the UK Government was working to open up export markets, following Scotland’s global success: “Scotland has been successful at carving out export markets for salmon, red meat, potatoes and whisky which is a model everyone wants to follow,” he said.
Now Defra is working with China and Brazil to develop markets - Brazil, he said was especially important for dairy.