Date lodged: 8 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in establishing the independent rural stakeholders group to advise on rural support beyond 2020, which was agreed by the Parliament in the debate on motion S5M-03463 on 19 January 2017.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 28 March 2017
The Scottish Government is currently working up proposals for an external group to provide advice on future agricultural support, including how this new group should fit with the work being taken forward by the four Agriculture Champions - Education and Training Champion Henry Graham; Food and Drink Champion Archie Gibson; Sustainability Champion John Kinnaird; and Public Value Champion Marion MacCormick. Members will be updated in due course.