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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03066: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for the removal of CTS links in Scotland and whether there be any cross compliance implications for farmers in Scotland.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 21 September 2016

CTS links will cease to operate in Scotland at the end of 2016. The Scottish Government has been working with the joint industry working group and invested in ScotEID to develop a new and innovative system, ‘ScotMoves’ which allows the use of an online holding register to record moves within a farm business. To encourage uptake of the ScotMoves system first time breaches incurred by farmers in 2017 will not incur a financial reduction to their direct payments.