Ricardo consulting on behalf of the Scottish Government are carrying out research on the potential for leguminous crops in Scotland which could also support GHG mitigation. Dave Freeman from Ricardo would like to hear your views on this subject.
Scottish Government – Program for Government 2020/21 | As part of the recently announced program for government Scottish ministers have announced the launch of a pilot scheme as part of the Agricultural Transformation Programme.
Following consultation with AIC Scotland office bearers and sector heads it has been agreed to hold our re-scheduled AGM on Thursday 26th of November. This will combine the usual November meeting with the AGM which should have been held in April.
The Scottish Government have produced updated guidance for the agricultural sector in Scotland. The advice has been produced with direct input from rural stakeholders from across the industry including from AIC.
Survey | The Scottish One Health Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance (SONAAR) Animals group which the AIC is a member of is looking for feedback on their website which you can find at the link below.
AIC is currently developing its sustainability roadmap against the backdrop of Government’s policy agenda and the need for a resilient food chain given the economic, social and environmental pressure we face. The initial roadmap will have a number of functions: To highlight to government and NGO’s the progress that members have made in contributing to wider sustainability goals from reducing carbon footprints of inputs to improving efficiencies on farm.
Food Standards Scotland have launched a consultation to allow members to comment on their policy proposal to transfer animal feed official control functions and their enforcement from Scottish Local Authorities to FSS. This is to allow a coordinated approach to delivery and sustainability of these functions.
There have been a number of updates and announcements made by the Scottish Government with regard to the on going response to the covid-19 crisis. Further announcements on possible easing of the lockdown and possible timetables for any such changes are expected in the near future.
Food Standards Scotland have issued updated guidance on feed labelling in light of disruption to supply chains caused by Covid-19. This new guidance is in line with that which has been issued by FSA in the rest of the UK.
Access to Covid-19 testing in Scotland has been widened to include a broad range of private sector and essential services workers. There are 4 priority groupings identified for testing, within group 2 (Essential workers in critical national infrastructure), essential roles within the food supply chain and chemical supply chain have been included.
Members should be advised that in light of the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, AIC Scotland have taken the decision to cancel our spring meeting and AGM which was scheduled to take place on the 23rd of April . It is proposed that the AGM be held when we have our November meeting, as the likelhood is that these restrictions may last for an extended period of time.
There have been a number of requests from our members to help with providing documentary evidence of essential worker status. Members are concerned that their staff may be challenged by third parties (police, others enforcing current Scottish Government restrictions and fuel forecourt staff, etc) when they are travelling to or from work or out on essential business.
Members should be aware that in Scotland, unlike the rest of the UK, there is no national key worker list. Each of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities have been tasked with producing their own key worker lists to reflect their local needs.
I would like to take this opportunity to reassure members that both AIC Scotland and AIC UK are working hard to ensure that the many and varied concerns and practical problems which members are encountering are being communicated to government.