Successful diversifiers sought

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20 May 2021
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Successful diversifiers sought

SCOTTISH potato growers and suppliers are being invited to make nominations for successful diversifications.

A new award aiming to crown the Diversified Farm of the Year has been launched by AgriScot with support from SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, and long-term AgriScot partner Royal Bank of Scotland.

AgriScot Director, Ian Brydson, said the award will be open to any farming businesses in Scotland able to demonstrate excellence in a diversified, farm-based, enterprise. Diversifications can include anything from tourism to renewable energy to retail and "everything in between”.

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“We are looking for people and businesses who can showcase best practice, innovative thinking and inspirational activity to other farmers,” he said.

Ceri Ritchie, Head of Food & Drink at SAC Consulting, added: “Our initial call is to anyone in the wide rural community, professional advisors, neighbours, customers, to come forward with nominations for this award. Do you know of a diversified farm that has a great story, worthy of recognition? Then please let us know. We want to cast the net wide.”

Roddy McLean, Director Agriculture for the bank, said Scottish agriculture sector has experienced some of the most testing periods in its history which have shown how important diversification can be in keeping a farming business healthy.

“As a bank that is committed to the sector here in Scotland, we are delighted to sponsor the new Diversified Farm of the Year award for 2021. This is an opportunity to showcase the talent that our industry has to offer and will hopefully inspire others to consider what they might do in the future.”
 
To nominate a diversified farm business or to find out more about this exciting new award, email [email protected]

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