Scottish farmers rally outside Holyrood urging better food security policy

Hundreds of farmers and crofters gathered outside the Scottish parliament to demand the government put more emphasis on food production in future policy.

Around 400 farmers and crofters demonstrated outside Holyrood as part of the #FoodNeedsAFarmer protest organized by NFU Scotland.

They demanded that crofting and food production must be the central pillar of the government's new agricultural policy for Scotland. More than 40 MSPs left the parliament building to meet with the farmers, with high-profile politicians, including the Scottish Conservative and Scottish Labour leaders.

The rally, which took place on Wednesday (2 November), was staged to coincide with the Scottish government's consultation on a future agricultural policy for the nation.

The proposed new Agriculture Bill is seen as a critical step toward a new Scottish agricultural policy, which will fundamentally change support for farming and crofting.

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