Chaired by NFU Scotland’s President Andrew McCornick, the panel consisted of Minette Batters, Deputy President of NFU England and Wales; Nigel Miller, former President of NFU Scotland and Chairman of Livestock Health Scotland; Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy at NFU Scotland and Jimmy Buchan, Managing Director of Amity Fish Co, Peterhead.
Mr McCornick commented:
“The North East is one of the agricultural powerhouses of Scotland. Whether it be livestock production, cereal production or another farming sector exiting the EU will have sweeping implications. Thank you to the robust audience who turned out to hear the debate, with lots of probing questions covering a range of issues.
“Agriculture as well as the industries that rely upon farming and crofting businesses will see change” Andrew McCornick
“Agriculture as well as the industries that rely upon farming and crofting businesses will see change. We must ensure that the change which is coming is positive and restores farm profitability. We want a buoyant agricultural sector which will benefit not just the rural economy but the whole economy of Scotland and the UK.
“Recently Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove spoke about the need for the new support arrangements post-Brexit, to better target support at activity and the challenges faced by those farming and crofting. Support targeted at activity and ensuring that farms and crofts continue to produce the food that our country relies upon is welcomed. These are themes picked up in NFU Scotland’s discussion document Change – A New Agricultural Policy for Scotland Post-Brexit.
“We will work with the Scottish and UK governments to establish a new and better agricultural policy as well as working to open new market opportunities and ensure that our domestic markets pay a fair price for what we produce.”