SNP to bring the independence debate to the Turriff Show

Christian Allard at the Royal Highland Show 2014

North-East SNP MSP Christian Allard will be at the 150th Turriff Show to talk to farmers about how a Yes vote in September would help secure Scottish agriculture’s place in our society and economy for the future. The annual show is the largest in Aberdeenshire and the biggest two-day show in Scotland.

During the weekend, Mr Allard will meet representatives from the National Farmers Union Scotland and the Federation of Small Businesses to make the case for independence. He will also be available at the Yes Scotland trailer on Sunday August 3rd, 2014, to answer any questions about the prospects for Scottish farming and for an independent Scotland in general. Mr Allard was at the Royal Highland Show earlier this year for the full four days from Thursday June 19 to Sunday June 22 where he answered questions from both farmers and visitors about Scotland’s future.

Scotland currently receives the lowest average payment rate per hectare of rural development funding in Europe through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). An independent Scottish Government could tackle this directly as part of the next CAP negotiations, likely to begin around 2018. With independence, farmers and crofters will continue to receive CAP payments because the budget is already set until 2020.

CAP Figures table

The Turriff Show, part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, on Sunday August 3rd and Monday August 4th has a packed programme which includes ringside events, trade stands and a food court. The event is the north-east’s agriculture and food industry’s premier showcase and promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Mr Allard said

I am delighted to be attending the 150th Turriff Show – one of the most important events in Scotland’s agricultural calendar.

Scotland Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has done very well to protect Scottish farmers during the recent round of CAP reform, despite having both hands tied behind his back.

Voting Yes in September will free the hands of future governments to put Scotland’s interests front and centre in European negotiations.


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