Top politi­cians join packed NFUS event pro­gramme

The Oban Times - - Farming -

THE leader of the Scottish Con­ser­va­tives, Ruth David­son MSP, has joined a packed po­lit­i­cal pro­gramme at NFU Scot­land’s AGM, an­nual din­ner and con­fer­ence be­ing staged in Glas­gow next month.

Speak­ing on the sub­ject ‘Scot­land in a post-Brexit land­scape’, Ms David­son will close con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings on day one of the event on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 6, which is be­ing held at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel.

It has al­ready been con­firmed that Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter, Ni­cola Stur­geon, will ad­dress del­e­gates the fol­low­ing morn­ing (Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 7 ).

Scot­land’s Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Ru­ral Econ­omy and Con­nec­tiv­ity, Fer­gus Ewing, will also speak ahead of the union’s show­case an­nual din­ner on the Mon­day evening be­fore join­ing the First Min­is­ter the fol­low­ing morn­ing for a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion af­ter the her speech.

The union’s AGM and con­fer­ence comes at a time of great chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties for Scot­land’s farm­ing, food and drink sec­tors.

Con­fer­ence de­bate on the open­ing day will, jus­ti­fi­ably, fo­cus on Brexit as the UK edges closer to trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50.

The ex­cit­ing con­fer­ence pro­gramme that day will also in­clude ses­sions on how in­no­va­tion may pro­vide the key to farm busi­nesses sur­viv­ing and thriv­ing, and see agri­cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal stake­hold­ers map out their vi­sion for fu­ture farm sup­port sys­tems post-Brexit.

On Tues­day, vot­ing for the po­si­tions of pres­i­dent and two vice-pres­i­den­tial posts will take place at the union’s coun­cil meet­ing, with six mem­bers con­test­ing the elec­tion.

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