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The North East Scotland Agriculture Advisory Group (NESAAG)

Aberdeenshire Council leads a major cross-sectoral forum that lobbies on behalf of the sector as well as providing support and advice both to the agricultural sector and the wider rural economy of the North East.

Future NESAAG Meetings

Forthcoming meetings

  • To be Confirmed

Previous NESAAG Events/Meetings/News

Presentations from the meeting on 22nd January 2014
Presentations from the meeting on 6th November 2013

Presentations from meeting on 5th June 2013
Presentations from meeting on 16th April 2013
Presentations from meeting on 3rd October 2012
Presentations from meeting on 20th June 2012
Presentations from meeting on 15th February 2012
Presentations from meeting on 5th October 2011
Presentation by Prof Bill McKelvey 14th June 2011
Capping of payments: NESAAG lobbying letter
Presentations from meeting on 3 March 2011
NESAAG Response to Land Use Strategy Consultation
NESAAG Response to the Consultation on Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)
NESAAG Consultation Response to Pack Inquiry Interim Report
NESAAG Evidence to Pack Inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland
Professor Charles Milne's Presentation to NESAAG 18th September 2009
NESAAG Response to Implementation of Health Check Consultation Questions 9-20
Plant Protection Products (PPP) lobbying update – reply from DG SANCO
Plant Protection Products (PPP) lobbying
Agriculture in Aberdeenshire - Looking to the Future

 

NESAAG Meeting on 5th November 2014

NESAAG Meeting on 22nd January 2014

 

NESAAG Meeting on 6th November 2013

 

NESAAG Meeting on 5th June 2013

 

NESAAG Meeting on 16th April 2013

 

NESAAG Meeting 3rd October 2012

 

NESAAG Meeting 20th June 2012

 

NESAAG Meeting 15th February 2012

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NESAAG Meeting 5th October 2011

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NESAAG Meeting 14th June 2011

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Capping of payments: NESAAG lobbying letter

NESAAG has written to the European Commission to lobby against the introduction of a cap to future farm payments.

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Presentations from Meeting on 3rd March 2011

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NESAAG Response to Land Use Strategy Consultation

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NESAAG Response to the Consultation on Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)

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NESAAG Consultation Response to Pack Inquiry Interim Report

The NESAAG consultation response to the Pack Inquiry Interim Report can be found below. The Inquiry Team will produce a Final Report on Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland in June 2010.


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NESAAG Evidence to Pack Inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland

The NESAAG response to the Call for Evidence by the Scottish Government Inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland (Brian Pack Inquiry) can be found below. The Inquiry Team will produce an Interim Report around late December which will in turn go out to consultation and will be the subject of the next NESAAG meeting on 25th February 2010.

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Professor Charles Milne's Presentation to NESAAG 18th September 2009

In 2008, NESAAG commissioned a report led by Peter Cook entitled 'Agriculture in Aberdeenshire – Looking to the Future' (see below) which highlighted the vital contribution made by the meat processing sector to the agricultural industry in NE Scotland and noted the high costs of inspection and compliance which are being borne by processors on lower throughput volumes. Professor Charles Milne, the new Director of Food Standards Agency Scotland, addressed these concerns at the meeting of NESAAG on 18th September 2009. His presentation is attached.

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NESAAG Response to Implementation of Health Check Consultation
Questions 9-20

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Plant Protection Products (PPP) lobbying update – reply from DG SANCO

NESAAG has received a response to the lobbying letter sent on 8th January 2009 (see below) to the respective EU Commissioners for Health, Environment and Agriculture.

The letter refers to a report by an independent consultant which claims that the new Regulation will generate human health benefits and ‘a positive overall economical (sic) impact’ but went on to dismiss concerns that the withdrawal of certain products would result in increased food costs as ‘simplistic’.

The UK Pesticides Safety Directorate (part of Health and Safety Executive) disagrees, asserting that: ‘The amendments to the Authorisation Regulation improve to some extent on the Council’s 'common position' as regards the hazard criteria, and most of the Regulation can be accepted.

But the hazard criterion on potential human endocrine disrupters will hit UK crop yields, for no recognisable benefit to human health. The UK cannot support these measures until the Commission states clearly what their impact will be.’

The Regulation is expected to be ratified at a meeting of the Council of Ministers around 23rd - 24th March 2009. NESAAG will continue to press for all available derogations to be adopted when the Regulation is transposed into UK law.

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Plant Protection Products (PPP) lobbying

NESAAG has been very active in lobbying MEPs and European Commissioners (for Environment, Health and Agriculture) to adopt a science-based approach to the new PPP Regulation, backed up by a full impact assessment of the proposed changes.

Disappointingly, the European Parliament voted on 13th January 2009 to change the basis of PPP assessment from risk-based to hazard-based with no impact assessment. Although the Regulation has still to be ratified by the Council of Ministers and implemented by individual member states, a number of products which are essential for maintaining agricultural and horticultural crop yield and quality are likely to be lost in the years ahead. Work is urgently required to identify, test and approve alternative products.

Surprisingly, food producers outside the EU will still be able to export food to Europe which has been treated with PPPs banned in the EU, despite an official study for DG Agri which reports that analysis of food produced outside Europe typically shows residues two or three times higher than that found on food produced in Europe.

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Agriculture in Aberdeenshire - Looking to the Future

This report was commissioned by NESAAG (the North East of Scotland Agriculture Advisory Group), Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Enterprise. Aberdeenshire Council has periodically commissioned reviews of the position of agriculture in the area, the last being for the period to 2003. The current work updates this series for the period 2003 to 2007. However, in addition to the usual statistical review of agriculture this study presents a strategic review of the position of the industry, looks more widely at links into the rural economy and the food and drink sector, tries to look at future prospects and challenges, and presents recommendations for action.

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