President of NFU Scotland Allan Bowie told this week’s Congress of European Farmers, organised by Copa-Cogeca, that innovation is key to the future of the food and farming industry.
The workshop he chaired at the conference in Greece looked at what innovative changes can be made to improve prospects for farmers, as well as what needs to happen to the supply chain to ensure that profits are distributed more fairly.
Mr Bowie said: “Many times over it has been said that we could not produce enough food to feed the world’s population.
“Time and time again farming has innovated and stepped up to the challenge. With a finite amount of land, a growing world population and the added pressure of being asked to use less resources while producing more, the need to innovate has never been greater.”
The calls for innovation were echoed south of the border, with NFU President Meurig Raymond telling the congress that access to biotechnology and other science is vital for the sector.
Mr Bowie went on: “Farming today is so much more than dirty boots and simply planting a seed or rearing an animal. We need policies and initiatives that understand the complex factors which now go into food production.”