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Right to buy could stifl e tenanted sector

A WARNING has been issued that Scotland’s ‘right to buy’ could end tenant farmers’ hopes of progressing in the industry.

As the average age of farmers continues to rise and the supply of farms falls short of demand, Malcolm Taylor, partner at land agent Bell Ingram, said measures to encourage newcomers to farming will fall flat if land is not available for tenants.

He said: ‘It is vital that the government abandons rights to buy for tenancies and provides security and incentives for landlords to let land. A 10-year lease must mean a 10-year lease.

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