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Agricultural Holding road shows

Published: 7 Oct 2015 10:20

Opportunity to find out about joint industry initiatives.

Landlords and tenants across Scotland will have the opportunity to find out more about joint industry initiatives in tenant farming at a series of industry-led road shows.

From Kelso to Inverness, five public events, supported by the Scottish Government, will take place in November, further meetings for 2016 are being planned in a number of different locations across the country.

At each road show, industry advisers will be present to explain the work being carried out to develop Joint Industry Guidance and to help landlords and tenants with a range of issues including rent reviews, tenant's improvements and landlord's and tenant's obligations.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead said:

"These road shows are the ideal opportunity for tenants and landlords to find out about the initiatives Andrew Thin, the Scottish Governments Independent Tenant Farming Adviser has been working on together with our key stakeholders and I would encourage all those with an interest to attend.

"Andrew, together with representatives from Scottish Land & Estates, Scottish Tenant Farmers Association and the National Farmers Union of Scotland will be on hand to answer your questions."

Andrew Thin, Independent Tenant Farming Adviser said:

"In most cases the partnerships between landlords and tenants that underpin tenant farming work well, but in a few cases relationships are not as constructive and collaborative as they need to be. The purpose of the Joint Industry Guidance is to provide a clear framework which will help to eliminate this sort of problem and ensure balance, mutual respect and a modern 21st century approach to these relationships."

Notes to editors

The meetings will all be held between 19:00-21:00 at the following locations:
• Kelso at the Cross Keys Hotel, 36-37 The Square, Kelso TD5 7HL on 5 November
• Dumfries at the Cairndale Hotel, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DF on 9 November
• NEW VENUE!! - Bridge of Allan at the Royal Hotel, 55 Henderson Street, FK9 4HG on 12 November
• Inverness Hotel (previously known as the Thistle Hotel), Milburn Road, IV2 3TR on 18 November
• The Thainstone Centre, Inverurie , AB51 5XZ on 19 November