“Agricultural support payments should be targeting agricultural activity aimed at food production, and should therefore not be accessible for alternative land uses or towards the production of crops not intended for the food chain.”
The survey is being sent to 20,000 island residents, including Na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and islands situated within the local authorities of Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire.
Discussions are at an early stage in Orkney to create an ‘Innovation FREEPORT’. What is this? and what would it actually mean?
“Why is it that we can spend a ‘fiver’ for a coffee in London, but the dairy farmer and coffee farmer that make up the essential part of that coffee are struggling to pay the rent?”Sarah Mukherjee
Food, products and tourism were three main topics in the first event of the Sustainable Conference in Orkney which for 2020 has moved online.
The Sustainable Orkney Conference will be on for 6 weeks starting on 6th of October.
“Other parts of the Highlands and Islands are already accepting the green reset challenge to radically rethink their green infrastructure, the question remains, what about Orkney? “
““The Islands Green Recovery Programme will stimulate new economic activity across our islands, helping businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and creating new, quality jobs. ” Paul Wheelhouse Scottish Government Minister for the Islands
Nearly 200 local people had been due to meet at the Picky over the three-day event to map out what Orkney is already doing to decarbonise and be sustainable.
The Scotland we are seeking to build will be a sustainable country balancing environmental, economic and social impacts for the good of the country and its citizens.