The Agricultural Holdings Review Group has issued a call for evidence on tenant farming in Scotland to develop recommendations for the future of the sector. The Scottish Government’s review of Agricultural Holdings Legislation is considering, among other issues, how to increase the number of tenancies, increase opportunities for tenant farmers and new entrants to gain access to tenanted agricultural land, and consideration of the absolute right to buy for traditional secure 1991 agricultural tenancies.
This opportunity is open to all and provides further opportunity for individuals and organisations to engage with the Review Group, in addition to the surveys being undertaken on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The Review Group, which is led by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead, has set out its vision for a dynamic and successful tenant farming sector, and is inviting people with relevant experience and insights to contribute views and evidence.
Mr Lochhead said:
“To get the best from our land and the people farming it, we need a vibrant tenant farming sector and we need to be clear about what that would look like. The Review Group has now set out its vision for tenant farming in Scotland, which has eight specific characteristics. We’re looking at a range of issues from increasing the number of tenancies and opportunities for tenant farmers and new entrants, as well as the absolute right to buy for traditional secure 1991 agricultural tenancies. As well as asking for feedback on our vision, we are also seeking views on how the current situation falls short of our aspirations as this will enable us to identify action that the Scottish Government could potentially take. We are keen to hear from as many people as possible about their experiences in this field.”