With the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland rally in front of the Scottish Parliament this week, Christian Allard MSP has called on farmers to “be more French”.
French-born Mr Allard said French farmers have been very good at ensuring the French public buy French food and trust French Farmers.
This week the North East MSP also spoke in the Scottish Parliament about making sure Scottish Farming is a national priority. The SNP MSP highlighted how the challenges facing Scottish Farmers, from flooding, to market price, to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments, has brought to light “how vitally important to our economy the farming industry is.”
Commenting, Christian Allard MSP said: “After meeting NFU Scotland, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the Scottish Government will use up to £200 million of national funds to provide cash support for the industry while claims are being processed.
“Scottish Farming is about much more than farms and farmers, the industry is much larger than that with many businesses supplying manufacturing products and services to our farmers.
“The message has to be loud and clear, to sustain the many jobs and livelihoods around Scottish farming, we must buy local and trust Scottish to support the sector.
“We need to build on the support that has been shown across the Scottish Parliament and make sure that the public back the Scottish Farming Industry.
“Over the years French farmers have been good at ensuring their produce is bought by the French public, Scottish farmers can follow their example – be more French.”