Union seeks views of farm tenants

NFU president Nigel Miller will chair the meeting
NFU president Nigel Miller will chair the meeting
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Union officials hold a meeting in the Borders next week to find out the views of farm tenants on the Agricultural Holdings Review.

The local meeting at The Lodge, Carfraemill, on Monday night (7pm) is one of several across Scotland and will be chaired by Stow farmer and NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller.

He said: “Our aim is listen to members’ priorities. With calving and lambing under way on many farms and with sowing started there are pressures building on members.

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

“We hope members can give us time despite growing workloads as this review can create the future operating environment for tenants.

“We have an opportunity now to breathe new life into the sector and into Scottish farming.

“The union will be looking to provide a positive platform for the future of farming as well as safeguarding established tenants, creating opportunities for a new generation and designing a regulatory framework, which encourages owners to let land and enter into agreements that allow the positive development of holdings.”

Anyone unable to attend should make their views known to Gemma Thomson on gemma.thomson@nfus.org.uk or on 0131 472 4018.

There is a union meeting for landlord and owner occupiers to express their views at Lanark Mart on April 7 at 12.30pm.