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McArthur Welcomes Constructive Approach by Minister Over Orkney Meat
Posted on 29 March 2012

Following a meeting this afternoon with the Agriculture Secretary, Richard Lochhead regarding the future of Orkney Meat, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

“I am very grateful to Richard Lochhead for the positive and constructive way in which he has engaged with this issue.  He clearly appreciates the severity of the situation and the potential impact the loss of the abattoir would have on farmers, butchers, retailers, hotels and restaurants in the islands.

“Along with the Council Convener and Chief Executive, I was able to reinforce the immediate priority in terms of safeguarding a slaughter facility but there was also an opportunity to discuss possible longer term options.

“While all of these ideas will require further work, I welcome the Cabinet Secretary’s commitment to explore all possible options in terms of financial and other types of support.  None of these are straightforward, but I am encouraged by the willingness of Mr Lochhead to ensure that the government and its agencies are focused on trying to help find a workable solution”.

Posted on 29 March 2012
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