Smith Recognised for Contribution to Agriculture, Congratulated by Minister

01 April 2008
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has been appointed Honorary Presidency of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG Scotland) in recognition of his work for Scotland's agriculture and environment.

FWAG Scotland has been launched as a distinct Scottish organisation independent of the former UK parent body, is wholly owned by farmer members and employs some 30 people across Scotland advising farmers on Agri-environment schemes.

Mr Smith, who was instrumental in the successful relaunch of the group, is Scotland's only full member of the European Parliament's powerful Agriculture Committee. In the fourteen months since he joined the committee, Alyn has established himself as a hard-working and competent advocate for Scotland's agricultural sector.

Speaking from Edinburgh Mr Smith said:

"FWAG has always been a fantastic resource for farmers and others to go to for help on a huge variety of issues, from business management to interaction with local communities. The independence of FWAG Scotland from FWAG UK has been a sensible next step for the body and I see a glittering future for FWAG Scotland.

"I am thrilled that FWAG Scotland has chosen me to be their Honorary President. This is an honour and I look forward to working with the group to take forward the interests of Scotland's farming and environmental sectors both within Scotland and in the broader sphere of the European Union."

Environment Minister Michael Russell congratulated Mr Smith on his appointment:

"This is a real feather in Alyn's cap and underlines the common agenda the SNP, Agricultural and Environmental interests in Scotland share. Alyn has been working hard as an MEP representing the whole of Scotland and scoring real wins for Scotland as this endorsement of him shows. This appointment is good news and I'm delighted Alyn has been able to take it up."