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.