Which levy-funded activities can help Scottish levy payers build better businesses will be the subject of a series of open meetings held over the next few weeks by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
The meetings in Scotland are part of a wide-ranging activity review by AHDB, covering its dairy, potatoes, cereals and oilseeds and horticulture sectors to encourage debate on future activity.
Jane King, AHDB Chief Executive, said: “Our aim is to provide levy payers with the tools and information to build businesses which are competitive and sustainable.
“We want to listen to what farmers, growers and our supply chain believe will help their businesses to make the most of future opportunities and meet the longer term challenges.
“Whether this is extending our monitor farm work, funding applied research, looking at increased market development, or pooling resources to attract additional funding from external sources, we need the input from our levy payers to support our sector boards in their strategy decisions.
“We want to listen to views on what AHDB should be doing to help levy payers build a better business.”
The dates of the sessions in Scotland are:
- 18 November – AgriScot
- 24 November – Black Isle
- 25 November – Inverurie
- 26 November – Dundee
- 1 December – Carfraemill
- 2 December – Kilmarnock
- 3 December – Castle Douglas
Full details of all the open meetings and a levy payer questionnaire are available on the AHDB website at www.ahdb.org.uk/news/activityreview2015.aspx with times, venues and how to register to attend.
Feedback will be collated and shared with AHDB’s sector boards to help inform their discussions, as partof the business planning process, on where resource should be focused and what will deliver most impact for levy payers.