08 April 1998
Direct action ‘a long-term option’ — George Lyon

SCOTLANDS farmer leaders have not ruled out taking direct action in a bid to convince an “unsympathetic” Government that farming is in dire straits.

National Farmers Union of Scotland president George Lyon said the SNFU would consider taking direct action in the “longer term” if its short-term measures did not work.

The unions short-term effort would be to build on the “Keep Scotland Farming” campaign with allied industries, he said.

Part of the plan will be to convert anecdotal evidence of job losses in rural areas and food businesses, lost income and farmers going out of business, into hard statistics.

Meanwhile, the union and representatives from all parts of the Scottish beef industry are due to meet at Ingliston today to continue their attempts to find the best way forward in the BSE crisis and to keep up pressure on Government.

The union is expected to announce its new chief executive at the end of this month from a shortlist of five. There has been a four-month gap since Tom Brady resigned from the job.

  • The Scotsman 08/04/98 page 30