New crop of MSPs welcomed

NFU Scotland president Martin Kennedy.

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Scotland’s farming union leader looks forward to ‘strong and positive’ links with MSPs as a raft of new members were voted in at last week’s election.

NFU Scotland President Martin Kennedy said: ‘The newly elected Scottish Parliament faces some major tasks as the nation recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and we look to build a prosperous green post-Brexit future that delivers for all of Scottish society.

‘NFU Scotland wants a sustainable and profitable future for farmers and crofters and our key asks were clearly mapped out in our manifesto for these elections. We want to use that manifesto as a building block to work with the new government and all parties on the nation’s green recovery and our response to the climate change crisis.

‘With agriculture, rural affairs, land reform, environment and food policy in the hands of the Scottish Parliament to deliver, there are big decisions to be taken by this new crop of MSPs which will be extremely significant for NFU Scotland members.

‘NFU Scotland has always enjoyed strong and positive links with parliamentarians of all colours since the Scottish Parliament was established, and we look forward to continuing this engagement in the new parliamentary term.

‘Over the coming days, key cabinet appointments for our industry will also be made, and we will look to meet with those ministers at the earliest possibility as we work together on solutions to the unique opportunities and challenges now facing our industry.’