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National Council of Rural Advisers ‘A Rural Conversation: Together We Can, Together We Will'

National Council of Rural Advisers ‘A Rural Conversation: Together We Can, Together We Will'

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ISBN: 9781788519731

Consultation document to help inform recommendations for Scottish Government on future policy direction for the rural economy

Executive Summary

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Our rural landscape is changing, and our economy with it.

 

Our primary industries remain vital to our prosperity, but our landscape is also diversifying,

and our people with it. As our future industries continue to diversify we must adapt to these changes.

 

We know we face challenges in achieving our goals and we need to act now to overcome potential hurdles by creating new ways of problem

solving, by working together and attracting people - particularly young people - to our

communities. We need to ensure we have the right skills in place to ensure a vibrant

rural economy that promotes inclusivity and diversity for those living and working

rurally.

 

We are certain with the right focus and energy we can achieve a new rural economic

strategy which puts people at its heart. We are enthusiastic that through this

consultation we will arrive at a set of recommendations that are well tested, robust

and which set the basis for reform.

 

But it is only through working with you, the citizens and businesses of rural and

urban Scotland that we can achieve long lasting reform. We look forward to working

with you to building that future with us.