16 April 1998
Former SNFU president calls for quality

BIGGER but fewer farms, more part-time farming, other effective uses of land, more co-operation among farmers and the need to concentrate on quality products is the future of farming, according to a leading farmer.

Former National Farmers Union of Scotland president Ian Grant told a dinner in Edinburgh of the United Farmers co-operative that the industry needs to prepare itself for some major changes.

He said farmers had no divine right to expect their customers to support them. They would have to sell quality products, make full use of research and modern methods, and emphasis the quality of their products to counter future food-scare claims.

The biggest concern must be the hills and uplands, which had proved most vulnerable to falling incomes and where farmers were least able to find an alternative.

He thought a Scottish Parliament would present a “watershed opportunity” for the future of farming and the countryside.

Turnover of United Farmers dropped to slightly under £13 million, leaving a £2,400 deficit.

  • The Scotsman 16/04/98 page 30