Scottish Land & Estates, which represents 2,500 landowners in Scotland, today praised NFU Scotland for underlining its commitment to a vibrant tenant farming sector.
Responding to comments from NFUS President Nigel Miller at today’s Rural Law Conference in Aberdeen, Luke Borwick, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Everyone with Scotland’s agricultural future at heart will be delighted to hear the NFUS president reaffirm the union’s commitment to tenant farming.
“The vision of NFUS – which represents most tenant farmers in Scotland - of a healthy tenant farming sector is a vision our members share and hold dear. The majority of landowners are farmers themselves and many of our members are indeed members of the NFUS.
“We support working together to find better and more efficient arbitration mechanisms and the idea of tax incentives to encourage new entrants has real potential.
“Most farm land in Scotland is owner-occupied but a healthy tenanted sector is vital to ensure that there is new blood in the industry and farmers can develop their businesses. Collectively, we must all deliver realistic and practical ways of enabling older farmers to retire.
“The overwhelming majority of people in farming share that view but regrettably there is a minority who continue to peddle so-called solutions which would most likely result in fatally damaging the tenanted sector.”