Have your say on AHDB in Scotland

Published 30 October 15

AHDBGrouplogo _cmykexclusionLevy payers will have an opportunity to ‘have their say’ on AHDB priorities in Scotland at a series of review meetings across the country, kicking off at AgriScot on 18 November. 

Seven meetings are set to take place throughout Scotland during November and December covering cereals, potatoes, horticulture and dairy as part of AHDB’s process of engagement with levy payers on its strategic priorities for the next few years. 

The Scottish meetings will highlight the important work delivered by AHDB on behalf of levy payers and will encourage debate on future activity. 

George Lyon, AHDB’s Independent Board Member who is leading the meetings programme, said:  “We would strongly encourage farmers and growers to take the opportunity to attend at least one of our review meetings, at AgriScot or elsewhere. This is your opportunity to tell us what you want to see from AHDB moving forward – and for us to hear your views on what would best benefit your farming or horticultural business. 

“Our team at the Rural Centre in Ingliston actively engage with levy payers on a daily basis.

“For example, we have staff helping to promote exports of Scottish seed tatties; we work across the dairy sector and jointly fund the Scottish Dairy Hub - alongside the Scottish Government - and we have invested significant money in research work at Scottish institutions such as SRUC and The James Hutton Institute. 

“Across the field vegetable and horticulture sectors our work in recent times has helped to extend minor use for crop protection products in Scotland and throughout the UK. 

“Our Monitor Farm work which is co-funded with the Scottish Government benefits our dairy and cereals producers and Scottish growers also benefit from the work we put in each year to producing the Recommended Lists.” 

AHDB hope to attract a large audience to the meeting at AgriScot, which is being held as part of the programme of seminars at the farm business event. 

Details of the meetings (below) will shortly be published on the AHDB website. 

  • 18 November – AgriScot
  • 24 November – Black Isle
  • 25 November – Inverurie
  • 26 November – Dundee
  • 1 December – Carfraemill
  • 2 December – Kilmarnock
  • 3 December – Castle Douglas

AHDB is actively encouraging all levy payers to attend their local meeting, with each one having a particular sector focus appropriate to farming in the area.

“We will also be running a levy payer engagement survey online for those who cannot attend a meeting,” added Mr Lyon. “However, engagement in person, at one of the meetings will be warmly welcomed and we hope levy payers will take up these opportunities to meet our Board members and staff.”