'Involve growers in policy-forming'

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Challenge to Scottish Government from new taskforce.

THE recently-established Food & Agriculture Stakeholders’ Taskforce (FAST) has challenged the Scottish Government to take urgent steps to include the farming industry in the co-design of future agriculture policy. 

During a seminar at AgriScot, FAST representative, Doug Bell, called on Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, to clarify her co-design plans, ahead of the closing of the Agriculture Bill consultation early in December.  

FAST, an independent group of 19 organisations which represent agriculture and food production in Scotland, will be inviting the Cabinet Secretary to meet with the group as soon as possible to share insights and vision for policy that advances food security, food production, the environment and the country’s agricultural supply chain. 

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