Aberdeenshire beef farmer, Charlie Adam, spoke to a Copa Cogeca meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (April 27) highlighting that the new deal with Latin American bloc Mercosur would include sensitive products like beef and which could have a detrimental impact on Scottish farmers.
Last week Copa, the umbrella organisation for European farming unions, called for the European Commission to urgently carry out a full impact assessment on the implications of such a deal taking place.
Copa has already highlighted the level of investment that Brazil, a key Mercosur group member, was prepared to make into agriculture.
For 2015/2016, Brazil’s agricultural budget totalled €47 billion (£36.5bn), around a 20 per cent increase on the last budget.
The Brazilian Minister for Agriculture has also decided to invest €68.5 billion (£53.2bn) in the livestock sector over the next five years in order to increase its economic value by €208 billion (£161.5bn).
Mr Adam, who was representing UK unions at the meetings in Brussels, commented: "There is real concern amongst farmers that a flood of cheap imports could have a disastrous effect on farming livelihoods – not just in Scotland but across the EU.
"The EU has conducted an impact assessment on all trade deals currently on the table but they have not compiled a detailed report on what could happen if a deal with the major livestock-producing nations in Mercosur trading bloc goes through.
"Agriculture must not be used as a bargaining chip to throw on the table during discussion. We have thousands of farming families across Scotland and the rest of the UK who are reliant on a stable market.
"With the potential for significant price disruption being driven by cheap imports that would come as a bitter blow at a time Scottish beef prices are already considerably lower than recent years.
"The level of support provided to producers through Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy has also been reduced and that comes at a time when assistance to the cattle sector in a key beef producing nation like Brazil has been significantly boosted."