Alyn Smith MEP, Scotland’s sole member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, has slammed today's Commission proposal for national opt-outs from the circulation of GM food and feed products as “an unworkable fragmentation of the European single market” that “will do nothing to help Scotland remain GM-free.”Read more
SNP MEP Alyn Smith, Member of the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, called for the complete exemption of all agricultural products from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).Read more
Alyn Smith MEP, Scotland’s representative on the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, has expressed disappointment that children will miss out on the EU’s School Fruit Scheme (SFS) for the seventh year in a row.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP and Emma Harper, SNP candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale, have expressed their support for Whitmuir Farm’s plan to establish itself as the first community-owned farm in Scotland.Read more
Scotland's only voice on the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee Alyn Smith MEP has today (Tuesday) pressed EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan on cross-compliance and warned that future CAP reform must prioritise a clearer and more straightforward system.Read more
As you are likely already aware, Commissioner Phil Hogan has highlighted simplification of the Common Agriculture Policy and the reduction of red tape for farmers as key priorities for 2015. On Friday 6th March, MEPs will be submitting their suggestions ready to be presented to the Commissioner the following Friday.Read more
This week saw the release of the official figures on the impact of the Russian imports ban, and they make for grim reading. The sharpest drops in EU value are fruit, vegetables, and dairy products; cheese is down 19.4%, with butter faring slightly better at 9.5%.
It’s another blow to dairy farmers, as if the need for last month’s special hearing on prospects for the dairy sector didn’t already show that shady practices and difficult market conditions aren’t confined to Scotland.
Published in the Caithness Courier 11 February 2015Read more
In the wake of a second formal investigation into Tesco’s treatment of suppliers, Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has slammed the UK Government for taking more than a year to grant the Groceries Code Adjudicator the power to fine supermarkets for dodgy practices.Read more
Alyn slams UK dairy complacency: “we need short term relief and long term structural measures to fix a broken market”
In a special hearing organised by the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee MEPs discussed the challenges facing the dairy sector and the implementation of the "Milk Package", which includes the opportunity for mandatory written contracts with milk collectors, and the encouragement of producer organisations to bargain collectively for a better price.Read more