scot presidents are re-elected
NFU SCOTLAND president John Kinnaird and vice presidents David Mitchell and Bob Howat were all re-elected for a further term of office at the union”s annual meeting, held in St Andrews last week. All were unopposed.
islanders face haulage price hike
FARMERS ON Orkney and Shetland face a 60% hike in the cost of shipping their stock to the Scottish mainland if the EU proceeds with its threat to ban the Scottish Executive from subsidising the ferry operator. Ross Finnie, rural development minister, pledged to continue the fight, insisting that it was hard to understand how the EU could see the executive”s financial support as an illegal state aid. “We are not trying to support the marketplace – it”s not as if we trying to get these animals to the heart of Paris or Hamburg. We are simply trying to get them to Wick (at the very north of the Scottish mainland),” said Mr Finnie.
focusing on code of practice
SCOTLAND”S RURAL development minister, Ross Finnie, says he will pay close attention to the Office of Fair Trading”s report on the Supermarket Code of Practice, due to be published shortly. “We need a food chain that is more open and transparent and which, especially in the dairy sector, gives a fairer price to producers,” he said. The OFT report, he stressed, must not be a whitewash.