NFUS roadshow heads for Galloway

The NFU Scotland is hitting the road to gather evidence through a number of meetings for tenant, owner-occupier and landlord members on the Agricultural Holdings Review.

The union wants the Agricultural Holdings Review to create a better platform for new and developing farm businesses and as such is gathering views from its members.

The first meeting was held in Tarbert, Argyll, on Tuesday, March 18, and saw members from Bute, Gigha, Islay and Argyll attending.

The NFUS roadshow arrives at the Douglas Arms in Castle Douglas on April 2, starting at 12.30pm with lunch provided.

The remit of the Cabinet Secretary-led review group is to establish the appropriate legislation needed to deliver a tenanted sector that is fit for purpose.

The series of meetings will be chaired by NFUS president Nigel Miller and will provide an opportunity to discuss the union’s proposed verbal and written submissions. Members with a present or future interest in agricultural tenancies are invited to attend. Tenancy issues continue to be discussed extensively within NFUS’s Tenants Working Group and Legal and Technical Committee.

Mr Miller said: “Our aim is to go to all regions and listen to our members’ priorities. With calving and lambing now underway on many farms and with sowing started there are pressures building on members.

“However, with an April deadline, it is important to test out the union’s position with members and expose gaps in our thinking before we feed the union’s views into the Agricultural Holdings Review Group.”