AHDB plans Scottish tour to debate levy allocation

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to tour Scotland this summer meeting people throughout the food industry on a ‘listening tour’ to discuss what its priorities should be when deciding how to spend its levy. 

George Lyon, the AHDB’s independent board member, will lead the programme of meetings with stakeholders from Scotland’s dairy, potatoes, cereals and horticulture sectors.

Speaking at the Royal Highland Show, AHDB chair Peter Kendall said Scotland’s ambition to have a thriving farming and processing sector is fully shared by AHDB.

“AHDB wants a competitive, sustainable agriculture for Scotland with farmers and growers equipped with the right tools to grow their businesses in an increasingly volatile global market. We want to communicate our vision for AHDB and ensure we listen carefully to what our Scottish stakeholders want from levy-funded activity,” he said.

Lyon added: “By working together, sharing expertise and skills across our organisation, we can increase the ‘bang for our buck’ in critical areas such as R&D, knowledge exchange, exports and education.

“We need to work smarter to reduce duplication and waste across our organisation, freeing up more levy funding to deliver more at grass roots to our farmer, grower and processor levy payers in Scotland and across the UK.”

A similar industry discussion programme will also be rolled out in England and Wales. Discussions are planned to take place this summer, and will feed into the AHDB corporate plan consultation, planned for late autumn.

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