Hike in animal feed exports from Scotland

By Jane Byrne contact

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Scotland reported an increase in its exports of animal feed in the first three months of 2017 compared to Q1 2016.

The value of Scottish feed exports jumped by 56.5% to £34.5m (US$43.6m) in Q1 2017 from the £22m generated in the same period the prior year.

The report from the Scottish government showed dairy and egg exports also rose by 40.4% to £21.7m, but cereal exports fell 42.6% to £32.3m while live animals and meat both dropped £300,000, down 2.1% and 1.5% respectively.

Scotch whisky and Scottish salmon stole the show in terms of exports in the first quarter of this year.

In fact, the figures show​ that Scotland's food and drink exports have grown by more than 10% in a year, comprising some 22% of the value of total food and drink exports from the UK.

EU remains Scotland's largest market

The EU is Scotland's largest regional export market outside of the UK, with exports growing by £50m, with local politicians commenting that the export data underlined the need for Scottish involvement in Brexit negotiations.

“Access to the EU single market is crucial for our food and drink producers and our wider economy.

"Losing access will put Scottish industry at a significant disadvantage, exposing business to damaging export tariff barriers and regulatory requirements,” ​stressed Fergus Ewing, rural economy secretary.   

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