Following today’s announcement by the Scottish Government on the appointment of an independent advisor on tenant farming, David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are very pleased that the Scottish Government is to appoint an independent advisor on tenant farming prior to the creation of a permanent commissioner. This is a positive step and one which we hope will help move the sector forward. As we said in our evidence to the committee last week, we believe it is in the interests of the industry to have a commissioner appointed as soon as possible.
“The evidence presented to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) by the Cabinet Secretary and members of the review panel was also encouraging as we collectively work to deliver changes to achieve the vibrant tenanted sector we all seek .
“We were active participants in the review process and since its recommendations were published, we have continued to provide evidence on issues in an attempt to have them considered in a constructive and collaborate manner prior to the development of legislation.
“We have been encouraged by the committee’s detailed scrutiny of the issues and look forward to discussions with the new independent advisor, government and other industry bodies ahead of the introduction of a Bill.”