NFUS could join milk protests

NFU Scotland president Jim McLaren has given a clear indication the Union could be about to change its stance on protest demonstrations.

Speaking at Agriscot this week, where he joined with rural affairs cabinet secretary Richard Lochhead in describing the dairy market and its supply chain as ‘dysfucntional’, Mr McLaren said major retailers could expect protests in December unless sustainability at farmgate level improved.

Like the English NFU, NFUS has hitherto not openly condoned farmer protests and bockades.

“I have every sympathy with those who feel the need to resort to direct action to vent their frustration and we will work with them to achieve very similar goals,” said Mr McLaren.

“This winter we will continue to take the argument direct to the supermarkets and if we need to do that on their doorsteps for them to listen, then so be it,” he said.

Readers' comments (4)

  • These Johnny come latelys make me sick , unwilling to lead any protest but scared to be left on the sidelines

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  • NFU...does that stand for National , Fairy, Union ? They have been trying to negotiate with the supermarkets for years and it aint worked !!! The only way NFU will sympathise with its members is when we stop paying the membership fees, and they are all out of jobs

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  • Judging by the number of farmers that bother to comment on here (10-15 out of thousands) I think I would be correct in thinking that most farmers are happy with the NFU and farming in general

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  • most farmers live in rural communities and dont have internet access, most dont even have time to go on the internet..If farmers are happy with NFU...why is their so much support for FFA. How can you say most farmers are happy with farming in general..with a comment like that i know that you are defo not in the farming game yourself

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