National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Contracts a Foreign Company to Sponsor its Annual Conference

 

 

 

 

2 Oct 2017: Kick in the Teeth for the Farmers Union as Tory Party Contracts Foreign sugar company to sponsor its conference

The Conservative Party is under fire from angry farmers after allowing a major US sugar company to sponsor its conference in Manchester.

US sugar company Tate & Lyle Sugars, a major exporter to the UK, is sponsoring the Conservative Party Conference, held in Manchester from 1 October to 4 October 2017.

Lincolnshire grower Andrew Ward said: “Disgraceful. Conservatives sponsored at conference by Tate & Lyle, who provide foreign cane sugar. So much for supporting British agriculture.”

The gaffe means that the Conservatives are advertising a brand which is a major competitor to British sugar.

It comes just days after Defra Secretary Michael Gove and Tory MP Robert Jenrick recently visited the British sugar factory at Newark to mark the end of the EU sugar quotas. Jenwick said the visit was made to “start a bright new future”.

Tory Party supporters, the National Farmers’ Union, even set up a ‘sensory farm’ inside the conference, which includes the “pledge apple tree”, where delegates can hang a paper apple on the prop to pledge their support for British farming.

Just yesterday, the NFU President said the conference would give the union the “perfect opportunity” to speak to thousands of delegates about the British farming industry.

But forward one day, and the NFU Vice President quips: “off early to Manchester to help man the NFU stand. First task, change the lanyard on the conference pass. It just isn’t possible to build a country on imports.”

(https://www.farminguk.com/News/-Disgraceful-Foreign-sugar-company-sponsors-Cons-_47544.html)

 

Post Brexit – Food Standards to be Compiled – Introduced and Monitored Through Westminster – History Indicates the Folly of the Policy – But it is Not For Scotland to Decide

 

 

 

 

 

2000: New Labour created a non-ministerial government department – the Food Standards Agency (FSA)

After the collapse in public trust triggered by a number of high-profile outbreaks and deaths from food borne illness including the BSE crisis, civil servants within the then Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries were perceived as having put the interests of producers ahead of those of consumers.

It was felt that it was inappropriate – and dangerous – to have one government department responsible for both the health of the farming and food processing industries and also food safety.

But in the period 2000-2010, the agency lost it’s way, embarking on major investigative projects requiring increasing numbers of staff running head on into controversy about the health claims of organic food and even the role of GM foods whilst being heavily criticised for expensive and questionable research and fruitless public consultation exercises.

It tried to be open to scrutiny with “open board meetings” available for public viewing on the web and even award-winning health advertising campaigns had a short lifespan, with budgets axed.

Ultimately, it was the FSA’s difficult relationship with the powerful food industry which undermined its effectiveness and claims of independence, after manufacturers successfully lobbied in Europe bringing to an end to its attempt to secure a universal system of “traffic light labelling” for food and drink products.

 

 

 

11 Jul 2010: Victory for Food Manufacturers – Food Standards Agency Abolished By Tory Health Secretary

The Food Standards Agency has been abolished by Andrew Lansley, (1) the Health Secretary, after the standards watchdog fought a running battle with industry and the EU over the introduction of colour-coded “traffic light” warnings for groceries, TV dinners and snacks.

The move sparked accusations that the government had “caved in to big business”.

As part of the changes the Tory Minister Lansley reassigned the FSA’s regulatory aspects – including safety and hygiene – to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Its responsibilities for nutrition, diet and public health were incorporated into the Department of Health.

Labour’s  then health spokesman, said: “Getting rid of the FSA is the latest in a number of worrying steps that show Andrew Lansley caving in to the food industry.

It does raise the question whether the health secretary wants to protect the public health or promote food companies.” (The Independent)

(1). Lansley provoked controversy in 2010 by factoring into public health related bills, representations from fast food companies such as McDonald’s, KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Mars and Diageo on obesity, diet-related disease and alcohol, said by campaign groups to be the equivalent of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry.

It later transpired that until December 2009, Lansley had received £134 an hour from a firm of advertisers that represented clients such as Walkers Crisps, McDonald’s, Unilever, Mars and Pizza Hut;

Private Eye suggested a link between these activities and Lansley’s desire to see a more lightly regulated food industry.

The same publication suggested a similar link to a Department of Health report on red meat in which the only products listed in the report found to contain suitable amounts of red meat to merit a “Good” rating were a McDonald’s Big Mac, and a Peperami (manufactured by Unilever). (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

9 Apr 2014: Salt levels in many foods ‘unnecessarily high’

Many grocery items such as sandwiches, smoked fish and ready meals were found to contain at least a third of an adult’s daily allowance of salt.

A study of 50 products from major supermarkets also found that other items such as soups, meat, salads and “little snacks” contained more than a quarter of the six grams of salt that is the Government’s recommended daily limit.

Some supermarket pizzas contained almost half the daily allowance of salt recommended for adults while snacks contained almost a third,

Experts said that the salt levels in many of the foods were “unnecessarily high”, and called for manufacturers to urgently reduce the amounts to help “save lives”.

They warned that there was a “wealth of evidence” linking high salt intake to raised blood pressure increasing the risk of heart disease and strokes. (The Telegraph)

 

 

 

But the UK public had been told difficulties such as over – salting produce had been resolved in 2000!!

Sadly this was not the case. Successive Tory, Labour and Con/Dem Westminster politicians got huge donations from wealthy individuals in return for honours.

Big business got its reward in the form of contracts, lax government regulation and, most importantly, governments that implemented a pro-big business agenda, ideologically insistent on privatisation, cuts and anti-working class measures.

David John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville, served as the Chair of Sainsbury’s, the supermarket chain from 1992 to 1997.

He was made a life peer in 1997, and sat in the House of Lords as a member of the Labour Party.

He served in the government as the Minister for Science and Innovation from 1998 and 2006 and gifted Tony Blair’s New Labour Party a vast amount of money over the period 1996-2006 (£15m).

What did he get in return? A peerage and the post in government as Minister of Science were just two rewards of note.

Elected in 1997 the Blair government continually backed down on attempts to protect the health of the UK population by regulating the food industry.

In 2006 the nation witnessed yet another government climbdown on a solemn promise to force food manufacturers to cut salt levels in our food.

The plan was to reduce personal daily intake by 10gm to 6gm over the period ending in 2010.

Responding to pressure from the food manufacturing industry the daily target was revised upwards by the government to 8gm, where it remained at March 2015.

According to health experts, an extra 126,000 UK citizens died in the period 2006-2015 as a direct result of the revised policy .

Unsurprisingly the Food & Drink Federation representing Sainsbury’s and other supermarkets greatly welcomed the relaxed targets.

Companies such as, Somerfield, Safeway, Waitrose and Tesco also donated money to Blair and New Labour.

So it is not only over Iraq and Afghanistan that Blair and New Labour have “blood on their hands”.

 

 

 

2015: Food Standards Scotland Act 2015

In terms of food standard controls the UK, was to be returned to before the year 2000.

All measures considered necessary and put in place as a result of recurring failures by the food industry to ensure the safety of the public were to be set aside and replaced with the original inadequate control systems.

Supermarket profits were under pressure, for many reasons and this brought with it an ever increasing need to reduce manufacturing costs, placing food standards at risk.

A number of unacceptable incidences were exposed, horse meat sold as beef and unacceptable levels of Campylobacter in chickens caused public concern.

The Scottish SNP government, responding to public pressure was of the view that existing arrangements introduced by the Tory government were unacceptable to Scottish consumers and, following a period of intense discussion gained approval of Westminster to set up a food standard monitoring body which would report to the Scottish parliament.

The Food (Scotland) Bill set up a stand-alone food safety, standards and nutrition body in Scotland.

The Bill received Royal Assent from Her Majesty the Queen on 13th Jan 2015 creating the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 paving the way for Food Standards Scotland to operate as a legal body.

Food Standards Scotland, a non-ministerial government department of the Scottish Government became operational from 1 April 2015.

It took over all of the responsibilities of the former UK-wide organisation responsible for food safety, food standards, nutrition, food labelling and meat inspection in Scotland. (Wikipedia)

http://blogs.scotland.gov.uk/newfoodbodyforscotland/2015/01/16/food-scotland-act-2015/

 

 

 

05 Dec 2016: UK pushes ahead with sugar tax

Excess consumption of sugar was officially linked to several health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

Consumption of sugar imposes health costs on individuals (lower life expectancy) and the rest of society (higher health care costs + lower productivity).

A tax on sugar will discourage consumption and raise tax revenue to fund improved health care.

Yet, critics argued that it would be a regressive tax taking more from those on low incomes.

The Tory government delayed on a decision but eventually it was forced by public pressure to act.

Draft legislation was put in place introducing a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks from April 2018.

Two bands are proposed – one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and a higher one for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml.

Many companies have already begun cutting the amount of sugar in their drinks.

Pure fruit juices will be exempt – but health officials stress people should limit consumption of these beverages to no more than 150ml per day.

Likewise, sugary milkshake and yogurt drinks will also be excluded.

Ministers were concerned that teenagers, particularly girls, were not getting enough calcium and so taxing these drinks might be counterproductive.

The government has said it expects the levy to raise £520m in the first year.

The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates the levy could add 18p to 24p to the price of a litre of fizzy drink if the full cost is passed on to the consumer.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health representative said: “We are very pleased to see government moving forward with this draft legislation.

The sugary drinks that will be affected by this tax have no nutritional benefit and often contain levels of sugar that are above a child’s daily recommended limit.

These drinks are a major contributor to the high sugar intakes of children, particularly teenagers, and we are in no doubt that they are, in part, contributing to this country’s obesity crisis.”

The restrictions:

Sugar in fizzy drinks. 35g

The amount of sugar in a 330ml can of Coca-Cola (7 teaspoons). 30g

The recommended max. intake of sugar per day for those aged 11+. 30g

Cancer Research UK estimates a 20% tax on sugary drinks could prevent 3.7 million cases of obesity over the next decade.

 

 

 

24 Aug 2017: Tesco named as supermarket at centre of hepatitis scare

Tesco has been named as the supermarket chain which may have infected people with hepatitis E from contaminated pork.

Public Health England confirmed that the UK’s biggest retailer was the supermarket identified in a study as the potential source of the virus in the UK.

Hepatitis E, or HEV, (1) is thought to have entered the country in pork imports from the Netherlands and Germany.

British pigs are not infected with the G3-2 strain of the hepatitis E which is thought to be behind most infections. (The Independent)

(1). Tens of thousands of Britons are being infected with a ‘potentially deadly liver virus’ in pork products, mostly imported from Europe.

According to the reports, the strain of hepatitis E, linked to pig farms in France, Holland, Germany and Denmark, is infecting more than 60,000 people in Britain a year.

While most cases are not serious, figures from Public Health England (PHE) show an increase in serious illnesses, from 368 in 2010 to 1,244 in 2016.

Transplant patients and pregnant women are considered especially at risk.

Dr Harry Dalton, a gastroenterologist at Exeter University said:

“I call it the Brexit virus, It attacks the liver and nerves. It is particularly dangerous for people with suppressed immune systems such as those who have had organ transplants and possibly cancer. ”

The reports also quoted a study showing the virus had spread to more than 90% of British pigs.

They also referred to research suggesting 10% of sausages could be affected.

In the UK, sausages with the “Red Tractor” logo are not permitted to include liver or offal, reducing the risk of contamination compared with countries where liver and blood sausages are popular.

The National Pig Association (NPA) issued a statement: “Research at Public Health England has shown that the subgroup of hepatitis E causing the majority of human infection in the UK is not the same as the subgroup found in UK pigs.

“The NPA agrees with the conclusion of the researchers that if people in this country have contracted hepatitis E virus from eating pork, it is likely to have come from imported pork, rather than British pork.

Further research and surveillance is required to determine the true cause of the rise in hepatitis E cases in the UK.

“NPA recommends that consumers follow the advice from the Food Standards Agency that pork and sausages should be cooked thoroughly until steaming hot throughout, with no pink or red in the centre, to greatly reduce the risk of infection.” (pig-world.co.uk)

 

 

 

30 Sep 2017: 2SFG – owned by food tycoon Ranjit Boparan – the largest supplier of poultry meat to United Kingdom supermarkets has been accused of altering sell by dates.

United Kingdom supermarkets have been forced to launch investigations into their chicken supply chain after undercover footage emerged that allegedly showed workers at its West Bromwich site dropping chicken on the floor before returning it to the production line.

The footage also showed workers repackaging mixed meat of different ages and changing source codes on crates of meat that had been returned to the factory by supermarket distribution centres, returning chicken to the production line that had been dropped on the floor, and altering records of where and when chickens were slaughtered.

It also emerged that packs of Tesco’ s “Willow Farm” fresh chicken were bulked up with unsold chicken returned by Lidl.

Food Standards Agency (England) announced it had launched an investigation into the claims, which include older birds being dumped in with fresh stock but given the same sell-by dates.

 

 

 

2 Oct 2017: Foreign sugar company sponsors Conservative conference

The Conservative Party has come under fire from angry farmers on social media after allowing a major US sugar company to sponsor its conference in Manchester.

US sugar company Tate & Lyle Sugars, a major exporter to the UK, is sponsoring the Conservative Party Conference, held in Manchester from 1 October to 4 October.2017.

Lincolnshire grower Andrew Ward said: “Disgraceful. Conservatives sponsored at conference by Tate & Lyle, who provide foreign cane Sugar. So much for supporting British agriculture.”

Naomi Langford-Wood tweeted: “Back British sugar. No choice. Tate & Lyle is imported.”

The gaffe means that the Conservatives are advertising a brand which is a major competitor to British Sugar.

It comes just days after Defra Secretary Michael Gove and Tory MP Robert Jenrick recently visited the British Sugar factory at Newark to mark the end of the EU sugar quotas. Jenwick said the visit was made to “start a bright new future”.

The National Farmers’ Union even set up a ‘sensory farm’ inside the conference, which includes the “pledge apple tree”, where delegates can hang a paper apple on the prop to pledge their support for British farming.

On the weekend, NFU President Meurig Raymond said the Conference will give the union the “perfect opportunity” to speak to thousands of delegates about the British farming industry.

But today, NFU Vice President said: “Early off to Manchester to help man NFU stand. First job, change the lanyard on the pass. You won’t build a country on imports.”

(https://www.farminguk.com/News/-Disgraceful-Foreign-sugar-company-sponsors-Cons-_47544.html)

 

 

 

1 Oct 2017: Loss of Control of Scottish food standards – Post Brexit

The UK Government’s intention is that all powers that are currently exercised at EU level will, at least initially, transfer from Brussels to Westminster.

This includes powers in fields that are otherwise devolved to Scotland, Wales and/or Northern Ireland, such as the environment, agriculture and fisheries.

This has prompted accusations by the Scottish and Welsh First Ministers that the Bill is a “naked power grab”.

That dispute essentially concerns the interpretation of the devolution settlement.

The devolved administrations look at policy areas that are currently devolved and take the view that all ‘repatriated’ powers in those areas should be exercisable by the relevant devolved institution, and that to do otherwise would be to place restrictions on the current devolution settlement.

By contrast, the UK Government looks at the current responsibilities of the devolved institutions, as limited by EU law, and takes the view that there will be no reduction in the power of the devolved bodies if those issues currently dealt with by the EU are handled at UK level instead.

The Bill as currently drafted takes the latter approach, proposing to amend the Scotland Act 1998 (the 1998 Act) so that the Scottish Parliament, rather than being unable to legislate in a manner that is incompatible with EU law, will instead be forbidden from modifying “retained EU law”.

The UK Government would expect the effect of this to be maintenance of the existing limits on the devolved institutions’ competence, by denying them the ability to depart from retained EU law (including UK and devolved legislation) even in subject areas that are not expressly reserved to Westminster.

Interestingly, “retained EU law” is defined to include not just EU-derived law as it stands on exit day, but also that body of law as it is “added to or otherwise modified by or under this Act or other domestic law from time to time”.

The UK Parliament or Government will be able to alter retained EU law in future, with the law as amended remaining outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.

Essentially, the effect will be to ensure that things that are currently outside the competence of the devolved institutions because of EU law constraints will remain outside their competence, without the Bill taking the potentially more controversial step of expressly changing the list of reserved matters set out in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.

The UK Government has nevertheless stated that it expects there to be a significant increase in the decision-making powers of the devolved institutions over time, though the Bill is silent on when and how a further devolution of ‘repatriated’ powers will take place, or which powers will be repatriated.

The UK Government paper on Brexit and devolution does, however, say that decision-making powers returning from the EU should be allocated within the UK “in a way that works – ensuring that no new barriers to living and doing business within the UK are created” (concerns have also been expressed by Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, that powers should not be devolved in a way that would hamper the UK’s ability to enter into trade agreements). (1)

Subject to that overarching principle, the UK Government envisages “intensive discussion and consultation” with devolved authorities on where lasting common frameworks are or are not needed. Full article here: (http://www.brodies.com/binformed/legal-updates/the-european-union-withdrawal-bill-the-impact-on-scotland)

(1). Consumer protection laws and enforcement to be transferred to Westminster to ensure prevention of any barriers to UK trade.

This will include replacing Food Standards (Scotland) (FSS) which was put in place in 2015 to ensure that information and advice on food safety and standards, nutrition and labelling is independent, consistent, evidence-based and consumer-focused.

With its primary concern being consumer protection the agency is tasked with making sure that food is safe to eat, ensuring consumers know what they are eating and improving nutrition.

With that in mind, its vision is to deliver a food and drink environment in Scotland that benefits, protects and is trusted by consumers.

FSS develops policies, provides policy advice to others, is a trusted source of advice for consumers and protects consumers through delivery of a robust regulatory and enforcement strategy.

FSS was established by the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 as a non-ministerial office,     part of the Scottish Administration, alongside, but separate from, the Scottish Government.   (http://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/)

 

BBC Environment Podcasts – Informative If Biased – Well Worth Listening In – Kirstine Hair MP at it Again – Foot ‘n Mouth Disease

 

 

 

 

 

Environment reporting by the British Biased Corporation (BBC)

Audio podcasts covering the daily news of food, farming, fishing, the countryside and the environment with analysis and context from the BBC’s experts in the field.

An extract of podcasts reporting on subjects relevant to Scotland.

Listeners should track to the subject matter where needed.

 

 

 

 

19 Sep 2017: Kirstine Hair Tory MP for Angus – Calls for the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board to be abolished, and wages cut.

 

 

 

 

28 Aug 2017: Scottish community land purchase

The Highland Clearances of the early 19th century saw thousands of crofters moved from their homes in Scotland to poorer, lowland areas, allowing landowners to shift land use to large-scale sheep farming.

Called ‘improvement’, it was often anything but that for the crofters’ families.

Many were forced to emigrate, others stayed in Scotland but led poorer, harder lives, powerless to improve their lot or take charge of their own futures.

So when Sutherland Estates decided that it would make business sense not to continue their ownership of 3,000 acres of land on the east coast, at Helmsdale, and offered it for sale to the local community, there were obvious parallels with the fate of their ancestors, cleared to the area by the first Duke of Sutherland.

After a local ballot and many grant applications, the £300,000 they needed was raised – and the sale has been agreed.

Moira Hickey visits Helmsdale and hears why it’s important for local people to take charge of the four townships to which the 19th century crofters were moved.

They are, of course, a powerful reminder of the powerlessness of former generations, but also offer a practical opportunity for local people to create jobs, improve the land, apply for further funding and make it more likely that future generations will be able to stay in the area, if they choose to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

14 Aug 2017: Brexit and its impact on Scotland’s wide and diverse farming community.

 

 

 

12 Aug 2017: Salmon Farming in Scotland – Loch Leven near Glencoe.

Salmon farming in Scotland is only around 40 years old, but in that time the sector’s grown from producing 14 tonnes of farmed salmon back in 1971, to around 170,000 tonnes today.

But the industry is not without its critics: there are environmental concerns about the effect of sea lice, which can proliferate in densely stocked salmon cages, and the impact of pollution on sea lochs.

Many opponents also question the sustainability of the industry, and want to see fish farmed in closed containers rather than open water.

 

 

 

 

 

20 Jul 2017: Devolved Powers Post Brexit

A new report from the House of Lords has warned Westminster against trying to requisition powers currently held by the EU – such as those regarding farming, fishing and the environment – after Brexit, saying such a move could create instability.

The UK government had suggested such powers should return from Brussels to Westminster, but this week’s Brexit and Devolution Report slammed the suggestion, calling on them to instead give devolved authorities more influence in Brexit negotiations.

 

 

 

 

27 Jun 2017: Women in Agriculture in Scotland

A survey by Newcastle University, commissioned by the Scottish Government, has suggested that women aren’t sufficiently recognised or represented within the agricultural sector.

Now Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the launch of a new task-force to ensure females are properly acknowledged in the field.

It’ll be co-chaired by Joyce Campbell, a working farmer based in North Sutherland, and Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity – who’s shared his views on the report and the task ahead.

 

 

 

 

15 Jun 2017: Scottish Creel Fishermen call for ban on inshore trawlers

Creel fishermen in West Scotland are demanding a big change in the way fisheries are managed.

They want the Scottish government to ban trawlers from inshore waters and they say the move would create hundreds of new jobs.

But Scotland can’t control it if authority is with Westminster post Brexit.

 

 

 

 

13 Jun 2017: Michael Gove Gets a Leg up from Theresa May But is it a good move for Scotland

Michael Gove appointed Defra Secretary.

We have reaction from the Scottish fishing industry, Greenpeace and the National Farmers’ Union.

 

 

 

 

7 Jun 2017: George Monbiot starts a rammy about Trespass

The environmental author and journalist George Monbiot has started a heated debate about access to the countryside by posting a tweet encouraging people to trespass.

His comment has raised hackles in the farming world, but support from others.

Mr Monbiot clarified in another tweet, saying “To those reacting against my call to trespass, all I want is the same rights to walk in England and Wales as there are in Scotland.”

Malcolm Combe, lecturer at Aberdeen University’s school of law, outlines the difference between Scottish and English land access law.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Jun 2017 Game bird shooting in Scotland and how the fisher-folk intend to vote

There is to be an independent inquiry into licensing game bird shoots in Scotland.

The move, announced by the Scottish Government, follows the publication of an independent scientific report into the disappearance of satellite-tagged eagles.

Plus, reports on where Scotland’s fishing communities stand on the upcoming General Election.

 

 

 

 

3 Jun 2017: Three Young farmers have their say ahead of the General Election

Interviews with the agriculture and rural affairs spokespeople from the main political parties, ahead of next week’s general election.

A panel debate in which three young farmers (one from Kinross) discuss promises made by the politicians in their election manifestos.

As the next generation of people who will run farms and rural businesses, what do they make of the politicians’ pledges?

Note: The Scottish National Party are not included in the discussion. Unbalanced biased reporting by the BBC.

 

 

 

 

2 Jun 2017: SNP agriculture policy briefing

In Scotland much of agricultural policy is devolved and ballot box pledges are being weighed up, now that all the political parties in Scotland have published their manifestos.

 

 

 

 

 

22 May 2017: Oysters Return to Scottish waters

A special report from Scotland where wild oysters are back in Scottish waters for the first time in a hundred years.

 

 

 

 

18 May 2017: Scottish students have their say about farming policy post brexit

Farming today visits Scotland’s Rural College just outside Edinburgh and talks to staff and students there about their concerns as they look ahead to a post-Brexit agricultural future.

 

 

 

 

12 May 2017: Video evidence admissibility – forestry management

Wildlife crime is at the centre of a row in Scotland over the way video evidence is dealt with in court.

The RSPB is voicing its frustration at cases being dropped by the Crown Office.

The charity says films of attacks on birds of prey are evidence of cruelty but the independent prosecution service insists they are surveillance footage which is inadmissible.

Timber is big business in Scotland and now the Government in Edinburgh wants to change the way Forestry is run.

It has announced plans to fully devolve the work of the Forestry Commission north of the border.

But what will that mean for the future of research and disease prevention?

 

 

 

 

3 Mar 2017: Westminster is reneging on its promise to devolve powers Post Brexit

The Scottish National Party is complaining that promises to devolve powers over agriculture and fisheries after Brexit are already being watered down.

 

 

 

 

28 Jan 2017: UK fisheries post Brexit

What is the likely impact of Brexit on UK fisheries?

Peterhead is the UK’s largest fish market, in north east Scotland.

Reporter attends the early morning fish market at Peterhead, humming with activity, as 7,000 boxes of freshly caught fish are sold.

Among the twenty varieties under the hammer are some huge halibut’s, one of them over 100kg in weight, caught as far north as the Faroe Isles.

Jimmy Buchan of BBC2’s ‘Trawler men’ series reflects on the long term impact of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, which led to Peterhead’s fleet being cut by over 40% ten years ago.

But he’s optimistic about the opportunities for fisheries beyond Brexit.

The reporter also speaks to Fisheries Minister George Eustice who lays out his plans for ‘reclaiming UK waters’.

Meanwhile, the Peterhead Port Authority is undertaking a £50M infrastructure project that will reshape the port’s facilities and fish market for the future.

 

 

 

 

25 Jan 2017: English and Scottish fishing quota disagreement

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations in England has criticised Minister George Eustice over a deal which handed over 1,500 tonnes of north east Arctic cod quota from England to Scotland.

However, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation say the deal is fair, because it offsets issues caused by the EU ban on discarding fish.

The English group believe Mr Eustice caved in to political pressure from Edinburgh.

Farming Today brings together Barry Deas, leader of the NFFO, which represents the industry in England; and Bertie Armstrong – chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

 

 

 

 

19 Dec 2016: EU fishing fleet will still be given access to UK waters Post Brexit

British fishing fleets have been expecting Brexit to be good news for them but a House of Lords committee warns that continued access to the European market is vital for the industry and to get it ministers may have to give more European access to British waters.

Last week on Farming Today Bertie Armstrong of the Scottish Fishermen’s federation outlined the deal he’d like and Lord Teverson, chair of the lords EU fisheries and agriculture committee explained why the fishing industry is so important to the UK.