AHDB invites levy players to discuss funding priorities after farming's 'Triple Whammy' summer

AHDB has arranged a series of meetings with Scottish levy payers to discuss future levy-funded priorities, as part of a restructuring of the organisation designed to deliver more efficiency savings and better service to levy payers.

The meetings will also provide an opportunity for Scottish levy payers to have a say and hear the latest market outlook to help them make the difficult business decisions they face.

The six meetings will follow what has been – in the words of AHDB independent board member George Lyon – a “triple whammy of a difficult summer” characterised by wet weather, overproduction and huge falls in farm prices.

Announcing the meeting dates at Potatoes In Practice in Dundee today, Mr Lyon said, “We are taking a fundamental look at our priorities and reviewing every aspect of our activities, and the meetings later this year will give levy payers a chance to feed into that process directly.”

AHDB will also use these meetings to communicate how it is improving its performance by sharing best practice across sectors and working in a fully integrated manner, leading to yet more efficiency savings.

“By operating in a more joined-up way, we can improve on the £3.8 million annual savings already achieved since merging five former levy bodies under one umbrella organisation,” Mr Lyon continued. “And by restructuring and integrating our teams, we can cut duplication, reduce waste and find more savings to invest in the tools industry needs to survive these challenging times.”

The meetings will take place across November and early December. Full details will be published at a later date.

For more information 
Rob Chidley, Corporate Communications Executive
T: 024 7647 8647 

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