A CAMPAIGN to promote Scotch lamb will benefit from £200,000 in Holyrood funding.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the cash as she met farmers and butchers on a visit to the Turriff Show in Aberdeenshire.

The funding will support Quality Meat Scotland’s 2018 Scotch lamb promotional campaign.

The meat product is currently one of 15 Scottish products with protected geographical indication under EU law.

Sturgeon said: “The food and drink sector plays an important part in Scotland’s economy, so it is important we promote our premium produce.

“The strength of our farming industry would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of the farmers who work tirelessly to produce high-quality meat.

“That hard work and premium product is recognised by the protection given by the EU to the Scotch lamb brand and we will be working hard to continue that protection in the future.”