What would independence mean for farmers in the South of the country? Today four former Presidents of the National Farmers Union of Scotland claimed a yes vote would give rural Scotland a more powerful voice in Europe. But other farming leaders warned access to crucial markets south of the border could be made much more difficult. Joe Pike reports.
Andrew McCornick is the Regional Chairman for NFU Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway).
He says that although the government aid is welcome, it is not the long term solution:
The newly re-elected president of the National Union of Farmers for Scotland has been talking about the challenges the board will face over the coming year:
– Nigel Miller, NFU Scotland President
"This board takes up office at a hugely important time for the industry with the CAP Reform process and independence debate gathering momentum.
"In addition, every sector of our farming industry faces a growing list of challenges.
"This is a team with the skills and knowledge to meet those challenges on behalf of our members.
"However, 2013 will also be a year of celebration as we mark our Centenary. This board, with its wealth of experience and enthusiasm, will create a great platform to drive the Union into its next 100 years."
Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat Borders MSP, has congratulated Borders livestock farmer Rob Livesey on becoming elected as NFUS vice-President at this year’s AGM.
The MSP also congratulated Nigel Miller going into his second term as President, and said that this represented a strong voice for farming in the Borders.
– Jim Hume MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Borders
“With Nigel Miller continuing as President and Rob Livesey elected as Vice President, the NFUS’s new board of directors represents a strong voice for farming in the Borders and is good news for the area.
“Rob Livesey will be an ideal representative for one of the most important industries in the Borders.
“Rob’s experience as past Livestock Chairman of NFUS as well as being a respected successful farmer, means he will undoubtedly be a strong champion for Borders farmers.”
Nigel Miller has been re-elected as President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland at their AGM.
Farmers from across Scotland have gathered at the event in St Andrews.
Mr Miller farms at Stagehall in Stow with two of his sons, and he is also a qualified vet.