Brexit road­show event is head­ing for Tar­bert

Campbeltown Courier - - FARMING -

NFU SCOT­LAND be­lieves the mod­el­ling re­port ‘Brexit sce­nar­ios: An im­pact as­sess­ment’ launched by levy body Agri­cul­ture and Hor­ti­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment Board (AHDB) jus­ti­fies the lob­by­ing pri­or­i­ties the union has been pur­su­ing.

The AHDB anal­y­sis looks at the po­ten­tial im­pli­ca­tions for in­di­vid­ual UK agri­cul­tural sec­tors of leav­ing the EU.

It cov­ers beef, sheep, pigs, dairy, ce­re­als, pota­toes and hor­ti­cul­ture, and analy­ses how farm in­comes will be im­pacted by changes to the labour force, agri­cul­tural pol­icy, reg­u­la­tion and the po­ten­tial shape of fu­ture trade.

It also il­lus­trates the po­ten­tially se­vere im­pact on the bot­tom line for some farm­ing sec­tors.

NFU Scot­land is tour­ing the na­tion with Brexit road­show events and vis­its the re­gion on Novem­ber 24, with a meet­ing for Ar­gyll and Is­lands at 12.30pm at Tar­bert Bowl­ing Club and 7.30pm that evening at Cuan Mor, Oban.

Jon­nie Hall, the di­rec­tor of pol­icy at NFUS said: ‘While the AHDB re­port sets out more ex­treme sce­nar­ios, this de­tailed anal­y­sis un­equiv­o­cally jus­ti­fies NFU Scot­land’s Brexit pri­or­i­ties.

‘With our food and drink sec­tor val­ued at more than £14 bil­lion, it is a big­ger driver of Scot­land’s econ­omy than oil and gas.

‘But with big am­bi­tions to grow the in­dus­try to £30 bil­lion by 2030, that means strik­ing a be­spoke Brexit deal that recog­nises the unique na­ture of our in­dus­try and gives con­fi­dence to Scot­land’s farm­ers and crofters that pro­duc­tion will be prof­itable in the fu­ture.

‘For that to hap­pen, Scot­tish and UK agri­cul­tural and food prod­ucts must have fric­tion­less ac­cess to ex­ist­ing and new ex­port mar­kets, and the do­mes­tic mar­ket must not be ex­posed to cheaper im­ports that lack Scot­land’s ex­em­plary an­i­mal wel­fare and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

‘The re­port also un­der­lines the union’s calls for con­tin­u­ous ac­cess to a skilled and com­pe­tent work­force, within both the farm­ing and food pro­cess­ing sec­tors.

‘And it is be­yond doubt that this AHDB work demon­strates the vi­tal role that con­tin­ued, tar­geted farm sup­port will have, not least through an un­known tran­si­tion pe­riod. The ev­i­dence pre­sented un­der­scores NFU Scot­land’s calls for con­tin­ued sup­port re­fo­cused on ac­tion-based mea­sures to bring about im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity across sec­tors while de­liv­er­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits and safe­guard­ing and en­hanc­ing pro­duc­tion stan­dards.

‘That would cre­ate the be­drock of a thriv­ing farm­ing, food and drinks sec­tor for the post Brexit era.’

The full se­ries of AHDB Horizon Brexit anal­y­sis re­ports can be found on the NFUS web­site.

For fur­ther de­tails on in­di­vid­ual meet­ings con­tact the re­gional man­ager or call 0131 472 4000.

Jon­nie Hall: ‘Pri­or­i­ties justified’.

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