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25 January 2010

Stevenson Encourages Banff & Buchan Farmers To Take Part In Farm Payments Consultation

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has called for farmers in Banff & Buchan to have their say as part of the ongoing Pack inquiry into the future of farming support. Brian Pack has published his interim report and will now engage in a series of public meetings with interested parties to get their input into his recommendations.

The closest public meeting to Banff & Buchan will be held at Inverurie’s Thainstone Centre on the 1st of February at 7:30 pm which will give individual farmers the chance to contribute to the future system of support for farming in Scotland.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“This is an important opportunity for farmers in Banff & Buchan to have their say on the system of financial support that they want to see in Scotland. Brian Pack’s interim report is a useful starting point for debate, but there is still a significant opportunity for individual farmers to shape the final report’s recommendations.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to take that opportunity and attend the public meeting on the 1st of February. This report will shape agriculture in Banff & Buchan and across Scotland for years to come, and it is essential that farmers make their voices heard.

“The work that has been done by the inquiry so far has identified the key issues that surround direct support for farming and I hope that we will now see extensive contributions to the process from farmers in Banff & Buchan.”

Note:

The Pack Inquiry’s interim report can be found at:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/inquiry/interim
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