Politics take centre stage at AGM

LEADING Scottish and UK politicians will take centre stage when NFU Scotland holds its Centenary AGM at St Andrews on February 11 and 12.

The line up of political speakers scheduled to address the event includes Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson; Scottish Secretary of State Michael Moore, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead and Scottish MEP Alyn Smith. Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond will address a drinks reception, sponsored by Tennents.

The political agenda is likely to tackle the issues of huge importance to Scottish food and farming, including progress in the ongoing CAP Reform negotiations and the independence debate.

Speaking on the line up, NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker said: “As we celebrate 100 years of representation on behalf of Scottish farmers, it is fitting that we have secured such a strong line up of political speakers to address our AGM. The union’s lobbying focus runs across three parliaments – Westminster, Holyrood and Brussels – and it is important that all aspects of that work are reflected in the debate we will generate at St Andrews.

“Reform of the CAP is a perennial issue for NFUS, if we are not shaping the next reform, we are discussing the previous reform or working with Government in its implementation. But given CAP’s importance to Scotland’s farmers it is a job NFUS must get right.”