A group of Scottish potato farmers are undertaking an aid mission for Ukraine. Farmer Mark Laird from Kirriemuir worked in Poland and Ukraine for many years. His Central Plains Group (CPG), of farmers operating in Ukraine, is now operating UK-wide and is scaling up its initial ambition of supplying 100 vehicles to the Ukrainian cause. Already 65 used vehicles, all with MOTs, have been donated.
Laird: “I have strong connections to Ukraine and I really did want to do my bit to help. I feel that the people of Ukraine are bravely forming a solid frontier against Russia and their war is one that involves us all. The idea about pick-ups is quite simple, as these vehicles can get to the front, to areas where they will literally save lives - and they already have done. The bulk of the work they will do is getting people out of the east of the country and back to relative safety in the west if possible.”
A first convoy has taken more than £170,000 worth of potatoes, blankets and vital items like diesel cans, battery chargers, cable ties, jump leads, drones, fan belts, spare tires, ratchet straps and winter jackets.