Jim Fairlie was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Connectivity in February 2024.
Specific responsibilities are:
- animal health and welfare
- wildlife management and crime
- natural resources and peatland
- rural portfolio impacts of Brexit and Retained EU Law Act
- allotments and community food growing
- aviation and air services (including HIAL)
- island connectivity
- bus services and concessionary fares
- Scottish canals
Jim Fairlie was born in Perth and has lived and worked in the area all his life. He began his career as a shepherd before becoming a hill farmer. He built a successful food and events-based catering business and has extensive experience in urban and rural affairs. He was elected to represent Perthshire South and Kinross-shire at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.
Read more about Jim Fairlie on the Scottish Parliament website.
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