Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners throughout Scotland, said today it was 'crucially important' that all those involved in the letting of land take part in the latest research that is being conducted as part of the Agricultural Holdings Review.
The ‘rented-out agricultural land in Scotland’ survey is being sent to around 3,000 farm businesses who rent out land. It is the second phase of research following a survey of tenant farmers earlier this year.
Respondents to this questionnaire will be asked to share their experience and views on the future of Scottish farming and Scottish Land & Estates is urging its members to take part. The organisation has also stressed that all those who let out land should complete this survey, not just ‘landlords.’
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We would encourage all farm businesses and landowners to respond to the survey and play their part in shaping the future of farming in Scotland.
"Our members are committed to the tenanted sector and want to see it thrive. Regrettably, the debate about agricultural holdings is all too often shrouded in rhetoric and ill-informed assertions.
“It is vitally important that accurate and robust data underpins policy decisions affecting the future of tenant farming and for that to happen, the government needs to hear the views of all involved within the sector. It is crucially important that the review is given the best information possible.
“Only through a healthy response will the true diversity and complexity of the sector be fully understood and we urge landowners and other businesses to complete their questionnaires or get in touch with the researchers if they do not receive a form. This will ensure that the government and other bodies are fully equipped with the information needed to create the most vibrant and healthy tenant farming sector we possibly can.”