Farmers’ union to hold hustings

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NFU Scotland is preparing to host a hustings meeting in Berwickshire next week ahead of the General Election in May.

The Union launched its General Election manifesto on March 25, detailing the key issues it would like to see UK politicians acting on now, to secure the vibrancy of Scottish farming in the future.

The hustings, at The Lodge, Carfraemill on Thursday April 16 at 7pm, is open to everyone with an interest in agriculture who lives and works in the area and will be an opportunity to put questions to candidates from all the main political parties.

This is part of a series of meetings to be held across the country over the next five weeks.

In particular, NFUS is calling upon politicians elected on May 7 to support Scottish farmers by promoting Scotland’s larder at home and abroad. The Union is also calling upon politicians to consider a more co-ordinated approach to export promotion and fairness in the supply chain.

NFUS urges an urgent review of the UK Government’s decision on CAP convergence monies, as well as looking at which tax levers could be employed to encourage best practice in land ownership and business investment.

Regional Manager for Lothian and Borders, Kerry Barr said: “The General Election is likely to be historic, with a number of new political parties and ideas emerging.

“The event will be a valuable opportunity to put questions to the panel on many of the key issues currently facing Scottish farmers – how we can promote Scotland’s fantastic produce at home and abroad, Scotland’s future in the EU, and indeed in the UK.

“Following the fantastic engagement of the rural community in last year’s referendum on independence, NFUS urges all members and those living and working in rural Scotland to use this opportunity to quiz candidates on what their vision is for the future of our sector.”