The consultation seeks to determine:
compensation payable to tenants of allotments for disturbance on termination of the lease;
compensation payable by tenants to landlords for the deterioration of allotments;
and compensation payable to tenants of allotments for loss of crops where the allotment is resumed by the local authority.
We are also going to be conducting road shows related to this consultation in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness (Further details to follow).
The consultation will close on Friday 16 October 2015.
Take part in the Scottish Organic Action Plan survey - 10 August 2015
The Scottish Organic Forum (SOF) is in the process of updating the current Scottish Organic Action Plan. Click the link above to take part - the survey closes 31 August 2015.
The Scottish Government continues to support the work of the Scottish Organic Forum and a new organic action plan, due to launch in January 2016, reflects our shared agenda for the further development of the sector.
Speech - 4 August 2015
“I fully recognise the difficulties being faced by dairy farmers because of the low price being paid for milk and volatility on the global market. That’s why I am urging all retailers, food service and other buyers, big and small, to get behind our Scottish dairy farmers and support them in this time of need for the industry......"
News release - 3 August 2015
Fisheries & Food Secretary Richard Lochhead has expressed his frustration at the lack of progress over the current situation in Calais, following urgent talks with processors and transporters earlier today.
News release - 1 August 2015
Scotland's dairy sector gets another welcome boost with Food Secretary Richard Lochhead launching a bid for Cambus O’May cheese to be granted Protected Food Name (PFN) status. Other home-grown cheeses include Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar and Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop Cheese.
Further information on Protected Food Names in Scotland can be found here - http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Food-Industry/national-strategy/rep/PFNs
News release (industry) - 30 July 2015
Visitors from near and far will be able to embark on a brand new edible adventure this summer, following the launch of Scotland’s first ever Ice Cream Trail. Launched at The Milk Barn in Falkirk to coincide with the Year of Food and Drink themed month of Delicious Dairy for August, the trail is designed to celebrate and promote one of the nation’s favourite dairy delicacies.
News release - 18 June 2015
A distinct new brand to help consumers identify Scottish dairy products has been unveiled by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon who was joined by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead at the Royal Highland Show. The new brand is a key part of Scottish Government plans to help boost the dairy industry after falling milk prices caused difficulties for farmers in recent months.
Further information on the Scottish dairy Plan can be found at - http://www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/Livestock/Dairy/SDP2015