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Union Welcomes First Formal Meeting with New Rural Affairs Cabinet Secretary

NFU Scotland has welcomed the opportunity to meet formally with Scotland’s recently appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Mairi Gougeon.

The online meeting involved the Cabinet Secretary, NFU Scotland’s President Martin Kennedy and several key staff.

The talks focussed on the need to drive forward Scotland’s rural economy, Covid-19 recovery and climate change response in the years ahead.

Following the meeting Martin said; “I thank the Cabinet Secretary for the opportunity to meet at a crucial time for our industry.

“As we emerge into a post-CAP, post-Brexit, post-pandemic era. I firmly believe the Scottish Government has a unique opportunity to put the nation’s farming and food industries at the very heart of our green recovery; our response to climate change and protection of the incredible biodiversity we have here in Scotland.

“Specifically on Scotland’s future agricultural policy, we look forward to working with the Cabinet Secretary as she meets the Scottish Government’s ‘first 100-days’ commitment to set up the integrated implementation board to drive forward the recent recommendations of the farmer-led climate change groups.  We are equally keen to progress the excellent work recently undertaken by the five groups – Hill, Upland and Crofting; Suckler Beef; Arable; Dairy and Pigs – and the creation of a sustainable and profitable agricultural sector that delivers on food, climate change and environmental targets.

“We also welcomed the opportunity to discuss further with the Cabinet Secretary our views on the potential damage that an Australian Free Trade agreement, devoid of quotas, tariffs or proper safeguards might wreak on our agricultural industry.

“Looking ahead, we hope to have the opportunity to discuss priority issues for Scottish farmers and crofters with the Cabinet Secretary on a regular basis and we extend the offer, that when Covid-19 restrictions permit, to hold such meetings on farm.”

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Contact Diana Mc Gowan on 07920 018619





Author: Diana McGowan

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News Article No.: 83/21


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