Statement From Alyn Smith, Honorary President of FWAG Scotland

25 February 2009
SNP MEP and Honorary President of FWAG Scotland has made the following statement in the wake of the formal announcement that FWAG Scotland has gone into liquidation.
"I'm greatly saddened that the board took this very tough decision, but it was their decision to make and I support them.
"A great deal of time and effort was put into exploring ways of keeping FWAG going, but at the end of the day I think the business model just did not fit the market and that is truly a great shame.
"I would pay tribute to the staff, the board, and the government officials and ministers who spent so much time trying to find a way to keep FWAG afloat. It has been regrettable in the extreme that some parties have sought to generate uncertainty and confusion to make political capital out of FWAG's problems, especially when no stone was left unturned in government efforts to keep FWAG afloat once the problem was brought to government's attention.
"Going forward, I still think there remains a need for a farmer led agri-environment advice service independent of government. The question of whether the market and the industry can support such an organisation remains to be seen, but I would hope that the individual groups will be able to salvage some sort of ongoing work and pledge my continued support to their efforts."