30 January 2015 | Online since 2003



New ideas emerge from NFU tenant roadshow


Fresh ideas on the Scottish tenanted sector have emerged at NFU Scotland roadshow meetings held in the past few weeks.

The Union is on the road, meeting tenants, owner-occupiers and landlords, ahead of giving evidence to the Cabinet Secretary-led Agricultural Holdings Review Group later this month.

Meetings with tenant farmer members have been held in Tarbert, Perth, Dingwall, Inverurie, Lanark, Lauder and Castle Douglas in recent days. Today (Friday, 4 April) and on Monday (7 April) meetings with owner-occupier and landlord members will be held in Aviemore and Lanark respectively.

The remit of the review group is to establish the appropriate legislation needed to deliver a tenanted sector that’s fit for purpose. Evidence sessions, along with surveys and public meetings all form part of the group’s review process.

This round of meetings is to discuss the Union’s proposed verbal and written submissions to the Group. Alongside these meetings, tenancy issues continue to be discussed extensively within NFUS’ Tenants Working Group and Legal and Technical Committee.

Speaking at the conclusion of the meetings with tenant farming members, NFU Scotland President Nigel Miller – who chaired each event – said:

“The meetings with tenant farming members have captured a wide spectrum of experience and views and thrown up some fresh thinking on what is a hugely important issue for the future of Scottish farming.

“There are positive examples of the sector working well and creating a good platform for farming with the confidence for high levels of investment. On the other side of the coin, where the dis-connect between tenants and landowners is felt most keenly is where landowner investment has melted away and any direct relationship is blocked by either contract factoring arrangements or where the ownership structure of the estate makes it difficult to identify who is responsible.

“Rent determination is central to trust and confidence. The practice of using professional agents during negotiation is often the common factor in the wider frustration felt amongst a significant number of tenant members; those concerns then spill over to other issues.

“Several possible pathways towards a more collaborative sector have been identified at this first round of meetings but success depends on both the tenant and landowner buying into medium or long -term tenancy options. That more positive world must mean tackling failure of the system head on when it occurs.

“An absolute right to buy is a favoured option with some – but not all - tenants and is seen as a vehicle to solve long standing problems. The meetings, however, have also been an opportunity to explore a more targeted approach that might also incentivise best practice and new opportunities.

“The creation of a Scottish Land Adjudicator could ensure agreed codes were operated and, with the power of compulsory purchase, an independent adjudicator could intervene where land use and land tenure failed to deliver to agreed standards.

“In creating an intervention system for when landlord/tenant arrangements broke down, it would be vital that agreed codes are robust if an adjudicator is to provide not just baseline standards but drive best practice.

“Opportunity for investment and longer term arrangements are repeatedly seen as the vital outcome of this review in all regions visited. Tax incentives have been discussed as a possible driver. Providing a favourable tax environment for land owners that create longer term tenancies or maintain long term tenancies might ignite a more positive environment for both owners and tenants.

“As we start to sit down with our landlord and owner-occupier members in the next few days, there will be further options that will open up. It’s important that all ideas are given space if we are to break the mould that is holding back our tenanted sector.”

Download



Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


13 January 2015
Customer Service Apprentice
Cranes Farm Road. Direct Cladding Supplies have a position available for an enthusiastic, hardworking individual who is keen ...

20 January 2015
Full Time Tractor Operative
You must be physically fit, have practical farming experience in working with farm plant and machinery and also be mechanical...

19 January 2015
Reach Truck Forklift Drivers
Working on a 4 on, 4 off shift pattern you will be responsible for case picking dairy products using the forklift....

20 January 2015
Band 7 Senior Sister / Ward Manager
It comprises Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and more than 30 services in the community....

22 January 2015
Hungry Horse - General Manager - Birds Spalding
The population is growing fast, with increases due to retired people settling here, as well as migrant workers from eastern E...




Top stories you may have missed
12 November 2014 | Arable
GM crops 'good for farmers and the envir...

GM crops 'good for farmers and the envir...

GM crops are good for the economy and can reduce the amount of pesticides u...


6 November 2014 | Cattle
Smaller European markets drive beef expo...

Smaller European markets drive beef expo...

Demand from smaller European markets has helped drive strong growth for UK ...


6 November 2014 | Agri Safety
Lack of engineers a 'ticking time bomb' ...

Lack of engineers a 'ticking time bomb' ...

A lack of engineers, not enough people promoting the land-based industries ...


4 November 2014 | Bees and Beekeeping
Bee action plan due: Last chance for bee...

Bee action plan due: Last chance for bee...

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss is launching the National Pollinator ...


4 November 2014 | Arable
Experts welcome financial boost for youn...

Experts welcome financial boost for youn...

Agricultural specialists have welcomed a potential financial boost for youn...


3 November 2014 | News
Supermarket competition on prices 'risks...

Supermarket competition on prices 'risks...

As retailers continue to participate in a highly competitive race to the bo...


31 October 2014 | Arable
New Defra farm figures 'underline volati...

New Defra farm figures 'underline volati...

New farm business income data from Defra, which focus on income from March ...


30 October 2014 | Agri Safety
Agriculture remains one of UK's most dan...

Agriculture remains one of UK's most dan...

Agriculture has remained one of the industries in which workers are most li...


29 October 2014 | Finance
UK farmland prices see 'substantial grow...

UK farmland prices see 'substantial grow...

Prime arable land in the UK has seen a substantial year-on-year growth in p...


27 October 2014 | Arable
Satellites to help farmers pinpoint dise...

Satellites to help farmers pinpoint dise...

A new mobile app for farmers able to pinpoint and identify disease, pests a...