Scottish farmers will be advised to focus on food production at the Royal Highland Show next week.
David Dunsmuir, show manager, told the Scotsman newspaper that food production and preparation would be “high on the agenda” for the annual four-day rural and agricultural show in Ingliston.
Mr Dunsmuir said that this would also cover how all sectors could collaborate to determine future policy.
Responses to a formal discussion paper in the Scottish government that aims to develop the food and drink industry in the country from a reported Â£7 billion to Â£10 billion will be revealed at the show by rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead, the paper reports.
In January, the Observer newspaper reported Mr Lochhead’s call to tap into Scotland’s potential for food production and manufacturing “to secure a healthier, wealthier, greener Scotland”.
The national discussion for the country’s first food policy includes debate on new schemes to let people know where food is from and improved promotion of food tourism, the Observer reported.