3 November 1995

SQC to recruit new members

SCOTTISH Quality Cereals, the farm assurance scheme for the grain sector, has launched a new recruitment drive with the aim of trebling its membership.

There are 220 SQC members after just one year, and the target is at least 750, or a quarter of Scotlands specialist cereal growers, by 1998.

"The message from the trade is clear – assurances are required at all stages of the grain marketing and processing chain – and it is up to us to increase farmer participation," said SQC chairman David Jack.

Launching the recruitment drive at a meeting yesterday (Nov 2) in Arbroath, Mr Jack said: "We have to convince traders and, through them, consumers, that farmers really do mean business when it comes to adopting strong codes of practice."

Willie Fergusson, Scottish general manager for Dalgety, recently hinted that the trade might be prepared to give SQC financial support to get more farmers into the scheme. &#42

Allan Wright