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Updated Organic Action Plan launched

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has this week launched the updated Organic Action Plan.

New initiatives have been introduced to the Organic Action Plan, first published in 2011, to help meet growing consumer demand for organic produce.

Included in the new actions are: helping farmers develop their skills; identifying and promoting export opportunities to exploit expanding organic markets; and helping to support, stimulate and facilitate new product development in the organic sector.

The Scottish Organic Forum will work with Scottish Development International and Scotland Food & Drink to break into expanding markets.

Mr Lochhead said: “Scotland is known around the world for its food and drink, and our ability to grow such high quality produce is at the heart of that. The initial Organic Action Plan has helped the industry progress and the changes we are implementing today reflect new opportunities for development - we’re going to help our farmers develop their skills and we want to break into new organic markets to boost sales. We have the expertise, knowledge and tools at our disposal to continue to support future growth of the organic industry. Organic businesses play a crucial role in Scotland’s economy. It is important we help to enhance their reputation, open up new market opportunities and encourage more to get involved.



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