“I can confirm that the first tranche of 2018 Basic Payment, Greening and Young Farmer payments has now begun.”
Not only is this chaotic situation worrying for citizens but it is calamitous for business as the uncertainty makes preparing for Brexit almost impossible.
‘Olive farming is about heritage, it’s not just about money. We inherit this land from our parents and we give it to our children.’ Belal Eid, Jorat Amra Cooperative
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“Much of my previous working life was with large corporations and to me much of Roddy’s talk was familiar territory.”
“A no deal Brexit is by far the biggest threat to farming and to our successful food and drink sector.”
Fergus Ewing, the Rural Economy Secretary in the Scottish Government, has called on the UK Government to financially compensate Scottish farmers who will be hit extremely hard if there is a No Deal Brexit.
There will also be established a Scottish National Investment Bank with a central mission to support a ‘ transition to a carbon-neutral economy.’
Derek Mackay MSP, Finance Secretary in the Scottish Government has announced plans to deliver £580 million through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for as long as it applies to Scotland.
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Fergus Ewing, Rural Economy Secretary in the Scottish Government confirmed that the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme will continue to be funded in Scotland to 80% in 2020.