Farmers and crofters are being asked how broadband and connectivity has affected them and their businesses
NFU Scotland are asking their members to fill out their inaugural connectivity survey, to help lobby for improved mobile and broadband connectivity for farmers and crofters.
Farming, crofting and diversified agri businesses rely on fast, reliable internet access and dependable mobile signal, yet NFU Scotland understand many businesses are being held back due to poor connections.
With so many services being forced to move onto an online platform, COVID-19 has exacerbated inequitable digital access and has amplified social, economic and technological exclusion of agricultural businesses.
Therefore, NFU Scotland is conducting this survey, which closes on Monday 4 January 2021, 5pm, to get a true picture of the problems that members across Scotland are facing in regards to their mobile and broadband connection, the impact it has on their business, and the barriers to improvement .
The survey is available to complete online, but we know that some may be unable or would prefer to complete an offline copy. If so, please contact a member of staff and we can arrange an alternative. Members who participate can also opt into a prize draw to receive a hamper of Scottish produce.
Tom French, Chair of Legal & Technical Committee said: “Farmers and crofters need access to strong, reliable, and affordable broadband and mobile service for their businesses. We have seen during the pandemic the amount of services which went online, including participating in livestock sales at auction marts, attending local NFUS meetings or educational webinars, or simply keeping in touch with friends and family and heard the number of agricultural businesses which were limited or excluded from engaging in the these digital events
“Agriculture will play a vital role in the Green Recovery from COVID-19. Access to reliable broadband will be key in supporting the sector adopt new technology and adapt to new ways of working, which is why we need to see improved digital connectivity across rural Scotland.
“With a strong response to this survey the Union will be well placed to lobby government for improved connectivity throughout rural Scotland.”
- The survey will take between 15 – 20 minutes to complete and will close on 4 January 2021. The online survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NFUS_Connectivity_2020
- If members would like to complete the survey offline, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 472 4000 to discuss an alternative.