Date lodged: 8 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether its review of greening regulations will (a) reconsider the requirement to grow two varieties of peas on Ecological Focus Area (EFA) land and (b) consider bringing forward harvest dates for such crops.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 23 May 2017
On 7 February, the First Minister announced that Professor Russel Griggs will chair a group to review the Scottish Government’s approach to greening. The group will consider changes to greening rules, including the management conditions for nitrogen-fixing crops (such as peas) that are declared as Ecological Focus Areas (EFA). When considering changes to greening rules, the group will take into account the outcome of the European Commission’s Simplification Review. The Commission’s proposals include a ban on the use of plant protection products on EFA nitrogen-fixing crops.