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Jim Hume MSP calls on Scottish Government to support storm damaged growers

May 27, 2011 10:42 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the South of Scotland and Party Spokesperson for Rural Affairs, this week called on Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead to visit soft fruit growers in Scotland following the devastating storms earlier in the week.

In a letter to Mr Lochhead, the MSP described the importance of the soft fruit market to Scotland's economy and urged the Cabinet Secretary to visit some of the affected areas.

Jim Hume said:

"There have been estimates that the damaging storms earlier in the week have caused 600 acres of Scotland's 2000 acres of polytunnels to be totally destroyed or severely damaged. This has had the estimated effect of a 15 - 25% yield loss.

"There are further estimates which suggest that the cost to every affected grower could be in the region of £30,000 per acre when you consider loss of crop and reinstating polytunnels and irrigation systems.

"With the combined output of Scottish horticulture now worth more than £240m each year, the Scottish Government must do everything to protect and support our growers."