Have your say on the future of agriculture

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The Future of Scottish Agriculture discussion document was launched by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead at the Royal Highland Show recently.

To compliment the document, Scottish Government's Rural Payments and Inspections Division have produced five short films, featuring interviews with some of the people who are taking Scotland towards an innovative and prosperous future.

The Rural Affairs Secretary said, "Scottish agriculture underpins our booming food and drink industry and is the essential glue that holds together our rural communities. Our farmers and crofters are also the custodians of Scotland’s magnificent natural environment.

"We are now at an advanced stage of implementing these latest Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms. This makes it the ideal time to take stock and consider what we want the future of Scottish farming to look like and how our hardworking farmers and crofters can best use our land to produce more food for the nation, both now and in the future.

"This document details my vision for a more productive, prosperous and profitable Scottish agriculture – a future where producers are able to respond swiftly to market opportunities and challenges to reap the benefits of the global demand for Scotland’s premium and greener produce, and where their contribution to Scottish society is valued by all.

"The purpose of this document is begin a conversation on these issues – not just at industry meetings and the like, but around kitchen tables and over the farm gate – and I look forward to hearing what people have to say over the coming weeks and months."

If you would like to register an interest in the discussion or to submit your views email: agriculturevision@scotland.gsi.gov.uk