Argyll farmers meet politicians

A very welcome first on-farm meeting since Covid restrictions began at Garvachy

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New farming entrants Ricky and Kirsten Rennie of Garvachy Farm, Minard, hosted a meeting between local NFU Scotland board members and politicians.

In a welcome first on-farm gathering since the pandemic, union members representing Argyll and the Islands met with two of the region’s MSPs on Wednesday August 4.

Argyll and Bute constituency MSP Jenni Minto, SNP, and Ariane Burgess, Highlands and Islands regional MSP of the Scottish Green Party, discussed a range of topics with the farmers present.

Issues aired included the impacts of white-tailed eagles; how farmers and crofters respond to the climate and biodiversity crises; the development of future support schemes and how to support agricultural activity on the west coast.

Lucy Sumsion, NFU Scotland regional manager for Argyll and the Islands, said: ‘Thank you to Jenni Minto MSP and Ariane Burgess MSP for taking the time to meet with members.’