Local MP Corri Wilson met representatives of NFU Scotland on a family run Ayrshire farm this week to see first-hand the workings of a dairy, beef and sheep farm as well as one which has cropping enterprises.
The Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP was welcomed to Lochhill Farm near Mauchline, Ayrshire on Monday 31 August by three generations of the Taylor family.
The importance of family farming to the local economy was stressed with the Taylor’s enterprise using the services of 43 businesses with over two thirds being within 15 miles of the farm. Prices, food labelling, retailer power, red tape, agricultural education and skills training, inward investment for processing and added value food products, and rural broadband were some of the mains issues discussed.
Speaking after the visit, Ms Wilson said: “This was a really useful visit and has highlighted the crisis facing our farmers just now. It is not just low milk prices and dealing with the big supermarkets that is putting our agricultural sector in jeopardy.
“We need greater transparency about where our food comes from and the UK Government needs to recognise that the supply chain is not working. Urgent measures are needed to address this crisis before more of our farmers are forced out of business.”