Sir, – The malting barley harvest is now in full swing, in a year where marketing is difficult due to the heavy carry over of last years crop. This crop is paramount to Scottish agriculture, being the source for one of Scotland’s highest exports.

It is, therefore, galling to read of Swedish malting barley being imported in recent weeks, apparently because the particular specification is not available in Scotland. That is not an excuse – provide the specification and I am sure that Scotland could produce it. Fortunately, NFU Scotland are quite emphatic in saying that Scotch whisky should only be produced from Scottish grown barley and imports only considered as a last resort.

So, I trust that buyers of barley will start playing fair with the farmers. High quality grain for a high quality product. Would the French ever consider Spanish grapes for champagne?

Andrew F Gilmour


Montrave Home Farm,