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
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.