UK Government to join Royal Highland Show bicentenary celebrations

The UK Government will show its support for the Scottish Highland agriculture, food, drink and farming sectors from today (Thursday 23 June).

The four-day event, the first full show since 2019, will give the rural industries and members of the public the opportunity to speak to Ministers and staff from a range of government departments about what is important to them.

They will also be able to find out more about how the UK Government is delivering for people in Scotland.

Malcolm Offord will tour the Ingliston showground. Friday will see UK Government Minister for Scotland John Stewart in attendance and Environment Secretary George Eustice is also due at the show.

They have a wide range of key stakeholders to discuss issues across agriculture, farming and Scotland’s famous food and drink sectors, including farmers and bodies like the James Hutton Institute.

Ministers will continue to urge the Government to introduce legislation to cut red tape and support the development of innovative technology to grow more resistant, more nutritious and more productive crops – reducing the need for pesticides and lowering costs for farmers.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:

It’s fantastic that the Royal Highland Show is back, bigger and better than ever. It’s Scotland’s largest agricultural event and made even more special this year with it being the 200th anniversary.

The UK Government will be making the most of this opportunity to meet the key players from the various sectors.

It is vital that the UK and Scottish Governments work together – to ensure our rural economy can continue to grow. Gene editing is an area where we can collaborate – and where we can really make a difference to our food security, tackle climate change and bring down food prices.

Gene editing is not genetic modification. What farmers have done for generations – breeding new strains of crops that are more disease and drought resistant. The industry in Scotland is clear – it doesn’t want to be left behind.

Attracting almost 190,000 visitors, the UK Government is delivering for people in Scotland.

This year representatives in the UK Government marquee include the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Border Force, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The British Armed Forces will also be present.

The Scottish Secretary will also host the Scotch Whiskey Association, showcasing the best of the UK’s largest food and drink export.

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