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Keeping an eye on Brexit - and the rest; NFUS REACTION 'It is important that day-to-day domestic issues do not fall by the wayside'.

Byline: Stephen Temlett

The National Farmers Union has responded to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's annual speech to the Scottish Parliament.

The First Minister outlined her plans for the political year ahead with the NFU paying close attention to the issues that will effect them the most.

While Brexit has been dominating the headlines, it is just one of many issues the agricultural community will be keeping an eye on over the next 12 months.

NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick said: "Though Brexit is, and will remain, the number one political priority for NFU Scotland over the coming months, it is important that day-to-day domestic issues do not fall by the wayside.

"The First Minister's annual Programme for Government speech is a very useful barometer for NFU Scotland to see how it will work on nationally important priorities with the Scottish Government and MSPs over the coming 12 months."

Among the topics listed by the First Minister, the NFUS was "pleased" that considerations were given to strengthening producers' position in the supply chain.

Mr McCornick, of Lochfoot, said: "There is plenty to be cheerful for from a regional perspective as well as the forthcoming South of Scotland Enterprise Agency Bill which will bring about important change for many NFUS members in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, and NFUS will engage in this legislative process.

"Similarly, we will continue our work with Scottish Government on the Crofting Bill to ensure Scotland's crofters can get the best out of crofting law reform."

The Scottish Government's current climate change bill will be put in place with challenging targets set for a lot of industries which the union say they are committed to engaging with. They also welcomed the renewal of the Farming for a Better Climate programme.

The NFUS President added: "As the cornerstone of Scotland's booming food and drinks industry, Scotland's farmers and crofters are keen to be involved with the development of new Sector Plans and the export strategies for food and drink.

"NFUS welcomes that new sector plans will be delivered for beef, sheep and dairy to accompany the existing sector plan for food and drink.

" However, NFUS is also keen to work with Scottish Government to build on the huge international success of our whisky industry within any future export plan, of which our cereal-producing members play a key part."

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