Date lodged: 9 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to the agricultural sector.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 2 March 2017
Between 2014 – 2019, the Scottish Government will allocate in the region of 4.6bn in Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to support Scottish Agriculture, in practical terms taking account of yearly currency fluctuations, this means around £500m per annum to Scotland's farmers and crofters. The total includes around 3.7billion in Pillar one Direct payments (Basic Payment, Greening, Voluntary Coupled Support and Young Farmer payments).
In addition a significant element of the £1.3billion Scottish Rural Development Programme, (which includes in the region of 0.85billion of EU Pillar 2 CAP funding co-financed with domestic SG funds), provides support to the agricultural sector, including the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme, the Beef Efficiency Scheme, the Advisory Service and business development support for crofters, small farms and new entrants.
In light of the delays to the pillar one payments, we have provided loans to help farmers and to stimulate the rural economy. Over £274million has been paid out in these loans for 2016.