A new Scottish young farmers agri and rural affairs group has been set up to help influence and drive future agricultural policy.
Headed up by Scott Somerville, the new group at the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC), will focus on connecting young farmers with agricultural stakeholder groups and politicians.
“By bringing our members’ opinions and thoughts together on issues of land tenure, subsidies, environmental protection or food security, for example, we should be able to arrive at a consensus which we can take forward,” said Mr Somerville, speaking at the group’s launch at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.
“By doing all this we should be able to empower our members to be the future agri-leaders of Scotland to ensure the Scottish farming industry is a more prosperous, sustainable and profitable sector for all.”
Speaking at the launch, Scots farm minister Richard Lochhead said it was important young farmers were involved at the heart of agricultural policy going forward.
“It’s really important for Scotland’s future that you have the confidence to make a living and that you can build a career in agriculture. It’s in the national interest because we need you to produce food,” he said.
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