A national promotional drive has been launched to grow grass roots membership of NFU Scotland from 8,500 to “well into double figures”.
Union president Andrew McCornick appealed for the backing of more of Scotland’s estimated 16,000 farmers in order to boost the organisation’s lobbying power and enable it to fully represent the views of every sector and area.
“Some have fallen out over policy issues, some don’t understand the difference between NFU Mutual and the union, and some are riding on others’ coat tails,” he said. “We are getting recognition for the work we’re doing and we want everyone on board.”
The campaign was launched at Athelstaneford Mains in East Lothian where potato farmer, James Logan, was revealed as one of the industry “champions” who will front the recruitment drive.
He said: “I have been a union member for 35 years now and I find it beneficial to have the team on hand to help me, no matter what the situation may be – whether it’s a query with legislation and red tape or what’s happening with Brexit. We need support from farmers and crofters across Scotland to fully represent the views of those from every sector and corner of the country.”
Other champions include: David Smith, Cloffrickford farm, Aberdeenshire; Barney MacAskill, Scallasaig croft in the Highlands; Alan Corrigall, North Bigging, Orkney; and Tracey Roan from Roan’s Dairy, Dumfries and Galloway.