Haddo summit turns focus on Shire rural industries

Haddo House summit guests MSP Richard Lochhead, Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster, and Nevismark Ltd's  Mark Stephen.
Haddo House summit guests MSP Richard Lochhead, Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster, and Nevismark Ltd's Mark Stephen.

A top-level summit in Aberdeenshire turned the spotlight on the economic challenges facing rural industries.

The Haddo House meeting was attended by a number of leading figures, including Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

Aberdeenshire’s Future Harvest from Land and Sea, was a celebration of the strengths and successes of rural industries, including food and drink, fisheries, agriculture and tourism.

It was also an opportunity for key members of the sector to discuss the major challenges affecting the region, including European policy and reform.

Mr Lochhead said: “The North-east plays a significant role in Scotland’s economy. Even when you take out oil and gas, it still accounts for around 14% of

total output produced in Scotland. Of course oil and gas activity, which in it’s own accounts for 18%, is heavily supported by this area.

“That’s why the North-east has the second highest GDP per capita in the whole of the UK, second only to Inner London and a staggering 50% more than the average for the whole of the Scottish economy.”