Berwickshire farmers visited by UK Minister

James MacLean (Border Eggs), Michael Moore MP, David Heath, Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Angela MacLean (Border Eggs), James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food and Drink
James MacLean (Border Eggs), Michael Moore MP, David Heath, Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Angela MacLean (Border Eggs), James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food and Drink

Peelham Farm at Foulden and Border Organic Eggs in Hutton were visited by the UK Minister for Agriculture and Food, David Heath and Borders MP Michael Moore recently.

Increasing the competitiveness of UK businesses and developing a skilled workforce, particularly in the food and drink sector, is a UK Government goal, and talking to Denise and Chris Walton and Peelham, and the Maclean family at Hutton the Ministers discussed how the government could improve its business support.

Mr Moore said: “Scotland has an incredibly strong food and drink industry and here in the Borders we have many successful local businesses which reflect this.

“Border Organic Eggs and Peelham Farm are examples of Borders businesses which are thriving because they have diversified and innovated and broken into new markets.

“I was very pleased to be able to visit these two farms last week with the UK Agriculture Minister and discuss the ways in which the UK Government can better support farm businesses such as theirs.

“I want to thank Denise Walton and James Maclean in particular for hosting us, and I will work with them and other local businesses to ensure their concerns continue to be heard at the heart of UK Government.”