NFU Scotland has appointed its new Food Policy Manager to continue to build relations with retailers, processors and consumers.
John Armour, a farmer’s son from the outskirts of Campbeltown, Kintyre, joins the team in the full-time permanent post as part of NFU Scotland’s influential policy team.
In the last 18 months the role of Food Policy Manager has been developed, and John will continue the good work already done in this field by Kylie Barclay, who has moved on to pastures new.
NFU Scotland Chief Executive Scott Walker commented: “John will continue to build on the success of his predecessor in being an active advocate for the farming industry in the supply chain. Ensuring that the country’s farmer’s voices are heard in a rapidly changing retailer environment is critical.
“It is important that we press for fair contracts and fair prices in the domestic market and look to maximise export market opportunities.
“Assisting our chicken members as the industry goes through restructuring; securing a cereal summit to look at bringing new malting capacity to Scotland in order to increase the local demand for our barley and tempting Scottish shoppers with fresh, tasty Scotch lamb at 12 venues around the country were but three of our food policy actions last year,” he added.