Today (9th September 2021) the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss MP, visited Mowi’s salmon processing facility at Rosyth.
The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation and Mowi Scotland welcomed her visit and appreciate her long-time support for the Scottish salmon sector and the 2,500 people we employ, many in Scotland's remote and rural areas.
Tavish Scott, Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), said: “The Secretary of State has been a firm supporter for promoting Scottish export and investment for almost a decade since 2014 when she was first appointed as Environment Secretary.”
As the UK’s largest food export, the Scottish salmon farming sector brings more than 600 million pounds to the country every year and creates thousands of employment opportunities for some of the most rural areas and small islands in Scotland and many more throughout the supply chain.
Mr Scott added: “The Scottish salmon farming sector plays a pivotal role in the post-Covid economic recovery and growth for both Scotland and the UK. We hope that today’s visit by the Secretary of State will continue to highlight the value it brings to the table in terms of low-carbon jobs, investment and our vital contribution to the country’s balance of trade.
“We look forward to our sector continuing to enjoy the support of the UK government, particularly in easing the post-Brexit red tape which has proven to be very expensive for our sector.”
Ms Truss said: “It’s fantastic to be here... Salmon is our largest food export, there are huge opportunities around the world.”
During the Secretary of State’s visit, Ben Hadfield, Managing Director of Mowi Scotland, accompanied Ms Truss on the tour of the processing facility, where significant investments in new technology and automation has led to improvements.
Mr Hadfield said: “We are leading the world not only in sustainable and responsible food production but also in the creation of high-skilled STEM jobs throughout our business.”