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Farmers rallying call

ABOUT 20 farmers from the region attended a rally at Holyrood with a strong message for politicians.

They took part in the NFU Scotland #FoodNeedsAFarm event at the Scottish Parliament.

More than 400 farmers and crofters from across Scotland gathered to deliver a crystal-clear message to the Scottish Government, MSPs and officials that farming, crofting and food production must be the central pillar of the new agricultural policy for Scotland.

Stewart Wylie, left, and Oliver Mundell MSP

Dozens of MSPs came out to hear the calls, including Oliver Mundell, Emma Harper, Colin Smyth and Finlay Carson from this region.

NFU Scotland president Martin Kennedy said: “We thank the many politicians who joined our rally today and urge them to take away the message that investing in active farming and crofting will reinvigorate the rural economy at a time when, in many parts, it is shrinking.

“We call on them to acknowledge that active farming and crofting have the answers when it comes to putting high quality, local, sustainable, and affordable food on the table and at the same time delivering for the nation on climate change and biodiversity.

“It is within their gift to deliver a future agricultural policy for Scotland that supports active farming and crofting. That will build our communities and keep the lights on in rural villages and areas.”

Finlay Carson MSP, left, and farmers

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson was there and met with local members of the farming fraternity.

Afterwards he said: “I agree wholeheartedly with the views being expressed today that food production from farming and crofting need to be at the forefront of any new agricultural policy in Scotland.

“Food producer’s voices must be listened to when it comes to drawing up a new agricultural policy for Scotland.”

Mr Carson is convener of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee that will lead the process of scrutinising and amending the bill when it is introduced.

 

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