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November 17, 2017: Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said the report published today by Scotland’s Agricultural Champions on the future of farming is ‘an important step in the right direction’.


Scottish Land & Estates welcomed the report’s focus on areas such as creating transformational change, profitability, productivity and enhancing natural capital and said the document represents a well-informed signpost for government.


David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are very happy to support the principles and aspirations set out in the Scottish Agricultural Champions’ report. Agriculture is a vital component of our members' business interests and all land-based businesses need to prepare for the changes that are assuredly coming to the agricultural landscape.


“Farming is a business and in future all farmers are going to have become even more business-like and entrepreneurial as support mechanisms change. There is also going to be even more focus on natural capital, facing up to environmental challenges as well as delivering benefits.


“This is a consultation paper which we will review and respond to it more detail in due course. We are now hoping the Scottish government will move forward and develop a clear and concise strategy for Scotland’s rural land use, that the whole industry can embrace. Earlier this year Scottish Land & Estates published our own ‘New Direction’ strategy which made clear our belief that enhancing profitability has to be a high priority, but also that greater emphasis is needed on farming and land management delivering public goods, regardless of political challenges such as Brexit and potential constitutional changes. Today’s report chimes with our own vision and we will do all we can to play our part in helping ensure that Scottish agriculture has a vibrant future.”



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