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Port of Ayr supports Scottish farmers by hosting NFU Scotland members

Member of the NFU Scotland - Ayrshire Regional Group meet at the Port of Ayr

ABP’s Port of Ayr has recently welcomed members of NFU Scotland – Ayrshire’s regional Group for their annual general meeting and a port tour to highlight the vital role it plays in supporting the local agricultural industry.

The NFU Scotland - Ayrshire meeting was held at the port and saw the attendance of National President of the NFU Scotland, Andrew McCornick, as well as other businesses from the Scottish farming sector.

This was followed by a port tour during which, guests were able to observe the scale and efficiency of port operations and learn more about businesses operating from the harbour, as well as meet port customers.

Christine Cuthbertson, Ayrshire Regional Manager, said: “It was very interesting to see and understand the scale of operations at the port of Ayr. About half of the total tonnage handled would be agriculture-related in the form of fertilisers and animal feed and shows the importance of farming to the broader economy in south west Scotland.

The investments made by ABP in handling and storage facilities at Ayr are very impressive and bode well for the future of all the firms operating there. The hospitality shown to Ayrshire NFUS members on their visit was much appreciated.”

Stuart Cresswell, ABP Port Manager at Ayr and Troon, said: “We were pleased to welcome members of the NFU Ayrshire regional group to the Port of Ayr and show them close up the facilities that ABP have developed in support of the Scottish farming sector. Together with ABP’s other port in Scotland - Troon, the Port of Ayr handles 200,000 tonnes of agribulks every year, playing a key role in the local farming industry.”