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Rumbles: Wasted opportunity to address farmers concerns

September 12, 2017 5:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to the Scottish Government's "Common Agricultural Policy - Plan for Stabilisation", Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

"After bungling the delivery of EU agricultural payments last year, the Scottish Government's answer was to bring in a loan scheme to tide farmers over while the government sorted through the wreckage.

"Unfortunately, by then farmers were so reluctant to trust the Scottish Government that more than £180m remained sat in the government's coffers rather than flowing into our rural economy.

"Now the Cabinet Secretary returns to the chamber to announce long overdue solutions and his answer is: another loan scheme. This is a massive wasted opportunity to address the concerns of farmers.

"Fergus Ewing should call in a group of stakeholder experts from producers, environmentalists and consumer groups to help design a bespoke system of agricultural support for Scotland and ensure that it is in place for the eventuality that Scotland leaves the European Union."