NFU Scotland has organised a roadshow of hustings events in the lead up to the Scottish Parliament election on May 5, the Borders event taking place at the Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells, on Monday, April 4.
Agriculture, rural affairs, food and environment policy is devolved to the Scottish Parliament, and after a difficult year this election is seen as being even more relevant to the farming industry, NFU Scotland warning that the rural vote cannot be underestimated.
Before last year’s General Election, over 300 members turned out to NFU Scotland’s regional husting events to meet their candidates, and the NFU is encouraging its members to take the time to meet and put questions to the candidates again.
NFU Scotland is about to release its manifesto, detailing key policies it wants MSPs to address in the new parliament – including a support system fit for the future, land reform and biodiversity, making markets work and telling Scotland’s good food story.
NFU Scotland’s parliamentary officer Clare Slipper said: “This election brings agricultural politics into sharp focus, as it comes at an unprecedented time for our industry. Global forces added to the well-versed problems concerning delivery of support payments have combined to create a perfect storm.
“Now is the time for us to ask our politicians whether they can step up to the plate and fight for farming within the sea of other voices.”