Farmers and crofters should rally collectively to inform their story and promote the agriculture trade because the nation emerges from the Covid-19 disaster.
That was the plea from NFU Scotland (NFUS) president, Andrew McCornick, in his last New 12 months’s message as chief of the union.
“As I look in direction of 2021, it isn’t concerning the playing cards we’ve got been dealt on Brexit, commerce offers, coverage or climate,” stated Mr McCornick, who will retire from the position in February and get replaced by Aberfeldy farmer Martin Kennedy.
“It’s how we play our hand and I firmly imagine that, as an trade, the playing cards are stacked in our favour.”
He stated Scottish farmers and crofters had been nicely positioned to satisfy the dual calls for of feeding a rising world inhabitants and the necessity to meet targets on local weather change, the atmosphere and biodiversity.
“To maneuver ahead urgently, allow us to determine all of the means and mechanisms we will put in place,” added Mr McCornick.
“Allow us to have credibility for farmers by investing in bioeconomy, bioenergy, agro-forestry, precision farming, and shorter meals chains – help for which is throughout the Authorities’s reward.”
He stated NFUS had been working exhausting to advertise the farming trade as one that may change to satisfy public items for public cash necessities.
“This outlook will empower our farmers and crofters and drive us ahead to the holy grail of sustainable revenue with all of the environmental, welfare and requirements the general public anticipate because the return for his or her funding and help for the trade,” added Mr McCornick.
He referred to as on the Scottish Authorities to ship an “bold, coherent coverage” for the sector that addresses local weather altering, biodiversity and an rising demand for nutritious prime quality meals, and stated “procrastination has a value”.
“Brexit will go by, like foot and mouth, the oil disaster and the nice despair,” added Mr McCornick.
“We have to throw open our doorways to the general public and construct belief on what we do and the way we do it. There may be enormous potential from promoting our story each on farm and within the meals chain.”