Scotland’s leading agriculture union, the National Farmers Union of Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to undertake a focused new direction in policies to support Scottish agriculture in its first 100 days.
This follows recent reports and recommendations from five farmer-led Climate Change groups on beef, dairy, arable, pigs, and hill, upland farming, and crofting.
NFU Scotland President Martin Kennedy said:
“The new Scottish Parliament, and arrangements for Scottish Government, are still at an early stage but we want to put down a clear marker that NFU Scotland is committed to working collaboratively to ensure the nation’s farmers and crofters and the industry are at the heart of the green recovery.
“There are many crucial and sensitive areas that need to be addressed in the weeks and months ahead, but we are seeking positive engagement on business and land use that recognises the importance of food production, promotes a positive response to climate change, seeks to improve biodiversity and builds a thriving rural economy.
“Future policy arrangements that promote activity and support farmers to produce more of Scotland’s own food needs, sustainably will be key.
“The recent work of Scotland’s five farmer-led Climate Change groups, and their published reports and recommendations, has provided a potential roadmap to future policy. We want a firm commitment from the Scottish Government in its first 100 days to create a single implementation board for new support measures and schemes with representation from all farming sectors, to build on this important work.
“Building a policy framework that supports sustainable and profitable farming will support the ambition for growth in Scotland’s food and drink industry while ensuring farming plays a positive part in Scotland meeting its ambitious targets on emissions reductions.”
NFU Scotland has echoed its commitment to positively engage with the new Scottish Government as the country looks forward for COVID recovery, putting farmers and crofters at the heart of the nation’s green recovery.
Formed in 1913, NFU Scotland’s aim is to support and promote members to achieve a sustainable and profitable future for Scottish agriculture.
The organisation represents 9,000 farmers, crofters and growers throughout the country and works alongside sister organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as other rural, business and consumer groups.
For more information, visit NFU Scotland at: https://www.nfus.org.uk/