STANDARDS REQUIRED to meet the Scottish Quality Cereals assurance scheme will stay the same for the coming year, following latest review.

The scheme was reviewed by the Technical Advisory Committee, but no new standards have been added for 2004-05.

The farming industry must always recognise the changing requirements of its customers, but new SQC standards will only be introduced if there is a real need, said TAC Chairman David Pate.

Being a farmer, he is acutely aware of the need to minimise the burden of assurance standards, he said.

Membership of SQC means combinable crop growers are more able to meet the demands of regulatory authorities in matters such as NVZs, the threatened Pesticide Tax and the new cross compliance measures, he said.

“However, the greatest benefit of membership is the improved market opportunities at home and abroad for our assured crops,” he concluded.