Talks with government and Scottish MPs highlight agri-supply's pivotal role
Members of AIC's policy team held valuable meetings with government and a range of Scottish MPs on Tuesday (10 January) to discuss the vital role that the agri-supply industry plays in sustainable food production.
AIC's Scottish policy manager Ian Muirhead and Head of Fertiliser Jo Gilbertson met with John Lamont MP, Under Secretary of State for Scotland in Westminster to make representations on behalf of Scottish Member businesses.
They discussed the key challenges and opportunities for the industry, including the energy crisis, fertiliser, food security, supply chain disruption, agri-policy, sustainability, advice provision, and genetic editing policy.
Productive talks were also held with the Scottish National Party MPs Richard Thomson, Dave Doogan, and Alyn Smith, as well as the Scottish Conservative MP David Duguid, and Jamie Stone MP, Alistair Carmichael MP, and Wendy Chamberlain MP of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Gas prices have a direct effect on the cost of fertiliser which is threatening to force farmers to reduced their production. I have heard the impact from farmers in my constituency and raised the issue today in Parliament. pic.twitter.com/pLgLrDeT9O— Wendy Chamberlain MP (@wendychambLD) January 12, 2023