Farmers voice views on independence debate

Although Four former Presidents of the National Farmers Union in Scotland now back an independent Scotland, not everyone in agriculture agrees.

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Farmers divided over independence debate

As the count-down continues to the Scottish independence referendum, arguments from both sides of the debate have emerged from the farming community. Four former Presidents of the National Farmers' Union in Scotland have now backed the campaign for independence - among them, a farmer from Dumfries and Galloway.

But other officials argue that Scottish agriculture benefits from the broad shoulders of the UK on the international stage and that staying in the UK gives the farming community 'the best of both worlds.'

Joe Pike reports.

Farmers back 'yes' vote

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Four influential Scottish farmers have come out in favour of a 'Yes' vote in September's independence referendum.

The four former Presidents of the National Farmers Union Scotland, including John Ross from Portpatrick, believe an independent Scotland would have a more powerful voice in Europe.

However, the Chair of Farmers Together and Former NFUS President, George Lyon said: "Scottish farmers know that as part of the UK we have the best of both worlds".


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