NFUS roadshows meet farming challenges full on

NFUS Director of policy Jonnie Hall, regional board chairman John dickson and NFUS vice-president Martin Kennedy were present to answer questions at Friday night's roadshow.

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National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) ploughed into Oban on Friday night for the 13th of a 15-date policy roadshow.

A good turnout of farming and crofting members from across the region attended the event which saw NFUS vice-president Martin Kennedy, director of policy Jonnie Hall and regional board chairman John Dickson in attendance.

In a week that saw him meet farming and crofting members on Skye, Benbecula, Lewis, Harris and in Lochgilphead, Mr Kennedy said: ‘At a time of great change, it has never been more important for the union to meet members to discuss the huge range of issues they face.

‘By the time the roadshows finish next week, we will have had 15 meetings around the country giving every member the opportunity to discuss the urgent policy matters that will inevitably impact on them in the months and years ahead.

‘With great turnouts so far, issues have ranged from convergence, Brexit and future support to climate change, species management and supply chains, and it is clear every sector faces a period of significant change.’

Mr Hall added: ‘Politics and policy are rapidly shaping our industry’s future at a time when farming and crofting face unprecedented physical and financial challenges.

‘From convergence, Brexit and future support to climate change and supply chains, every sector of Scottish agriculture faces a period of significant change. At the same time, Scottish agriculture must also make the most of any new opportunities.

‘Our priority is to secure a prosperous future for Scottish agriculture and all that it underpins.’