28 May 1999

From SOAEFD to DORA?

THE Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department is likely to have a name change under the new Scottish parliament.

Suggestions are that SOAEFD will become DORA – the Department of Rural Affairs – but speaking at Beef 99 at Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, newly appointed minister for rural affairs Ross Finnie insisted that there was no intention to downgrade the importance of agriculture.

"We want to stress the importance of the rural economy," he said. &#42