Agriscot 2020 has become the latest major agricultural event to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
Scheduled to take place in Scotland on Wednesday 18th November, AgriScot directors remained optimistic that it could go ahead in some format until recently. The decision to cancel was announced after a board meeting on 22ndJuly.
Speaking after the meeting, AgriScot chairman Robert Neill stated: “Covid-19 lockdown has thankfully eased over recent weeks and whilst restrictions over small scale meetings and social gatherings have reduced, there remains significant uncertainty and risk relating to large scale indoor events such as AgriScot.
“We recognise that a socially distanced or restricted event cannot deliver the same benefits for visitors and exhibitors. Lead in timescales determine that we could no longer delay a decision regarding November’s event and therefore today made the sad decision to cancel.”
After careful consideration, organisers do not believe a virtual event could replace the face-to-face format, but the date will be marked with online activity, Mr Neill said. More details will be released in due course.
“AgriScot is a hugely successful annual event, which has experienced significant growth, particularly in terms of visitor numbers and the value placed on it by visitors and trade exhibitors alike,” he added. “I and my fellow directors believe that we can return in 2021 with an even better AgriScot for this new decade.”