Kintyre farmers dish the dirt during MSP’s visit

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NFU Scotland committee members dished the dirt on issues facing Kintyre farmers when Argyll and Bute MSP Jenni Minto visited the area last week.

Ms Minto spoke to a number of dairy and beef farmers at last Thursday’s meeting, hosted by the Millar family at Lephinstrath Farm, Southend, where the MSP was able to learn first-hand about the operation of a large dairy unit in Kintyre.

Duncan Macalister, chairman of the NFU Scotland Argyll and the Islands regional board and Kintyre branch chair, said the branch committee members welcomed the opportunity to meet with Ms Minto.

‘Following a tour of the farm, members were able to raise several issues with their MSP,’ he said. ‘This included concerns over the development of future agricultural support policy; this is going to be vital to ensure continued support of active farming in the area.

‘We also highlighted how important it is to maintain a critical mass, which supports many other businesses associated with agriculture in the area.

‘We also recognise that farmers will need to deliver on climate change and biodiversity objectives, and many farmers are already making positive steps on this.’

Ms Minto described the visit as ‘extremely informative’.

‘We discussed a wide range of topics which will aid me when making contributions to the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee on which I sit in parliament,’ she said.

‘A clear message was that farmers need to have their voices heard when decisions are being taken on our just transition to a sustainable industry and communities and I will ensure that this happens.’