The new Food Policy Manager for NFU Scotland has identified representation in the supply chain as one of his key roles as he builds relations with retailers, processors and consumers.
The role was created 18 months ago, but previous incumbent Kylie Barclay has moved on to pastures new. The new Food Policy Manager is 23-year-old John Armour, a farmer’s son from Kintyre, who commented, “It is a great privilege to be joining the Union. Growing up on a dairy farm has meant that I’ve always had a direct tie to NFU Scotland and I value the important work done to improve the lives and business opportunities available to Scottish farmers.
“My specific remit of representing our members’ interests in supply chain and food retail discussions is a thrilling prospect and I look forward to grappling with the key issues affecting the supply chain, and to working with everyone at NFUS to effect positive change to benefit the whole of the Scottish agricultural community.”
NFU Scotland Chief Executive Scott Walker commented: “John will continue to build on the success of his predecessor in being an active advocate for the farming industry in the supply chain. Ensuring that the country’s farmer’s voices are heard in a rapidly changing retailer environment is critical. It is important that we press for fair contracts and fair prices in the domestic market and look to maximise export market opportunities.”