Following a difficult year for the farming and crofting sector, the interests of rural affairs in an election campaign have never been clearer. And as agriculture, rural affairs, food and environment policy is devolved to Scotland - this election will be even more relevant to the agricultural sector.
Before last year’s General Election, over 300 members turned out to NFU Scotland’s regional husting events to meet their candidates, and the Union is encouraging its members to take the time to meet and put questions to the candidates vying for their votes in this important election.
NFU Scotland will shortly release its manifesto, detailing key policy headings it wishes to see Scottish parliamentarians address in the new parliament – including a support system fit for the future, land reform and biodiversity.
NFU Scotland’s Parliamentary Office Clare Slipper, said: “This election brings agricultural politics into sharp focus, as it comes at an unprecedented time for our industry.
“Seventeen years on from the advent of devolution in Scotland, rural affairs and agricultural policy has become ingrained within Scottish political life, and NFU Scotland has enjoyed a good working relationship with MSPs across the political spectrum to further the wide membership.”
Regional hustings will take place at a number of venues across the country to discuss the matters that matter to the rural community.
These include: unless otherwise state events start at 7.30pm - 25 March Orkney, Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall; 31 March, Argyll and Islands, Corran Halls, Oban; 31 March, Shetland, Shetland Hotel, Lerwick; 4 April Lothian and Borders, Buccleuch Arms, Melrose; 11 April, Forth & Clyde, Radstone Hotel, Larkhall; 12 April, Ayrshire, The Black Bull Hotel, Tarbolton, 18 April, East Central, Huntingtower Hotel, Perth; 20 April, Highlands, Dingwall Mart, Dingwall; 19 April, Dumfries and Galloway, Douglas Arms, Castle Douglas; 28 April at 7pm North East, Kintore Arms, Inverurie.