Date lodged: 15 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that future farm subsidy support will deliver sustainable land management, and what advice and support will be given to farmers to ensure they can access funding.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 11 January 2018
The Scottish Government appointed four external agriculture champions in January 2017 to provide advice and recommendations on a future agriculture strategy for Scotland. The Champions recently published an interim discussion document which identified six strategic themes, all underpinned by the concept of Public Value. One of those themes, Enhancing Scotland’s Natural Capital, highlights the need to make optimal use of our natural capital, for economic as well as environmental reasons if we are to ensure a long-term sustainable future for Scotland's farming industry. The champions will analyse responses to their discussion document and publish a final report in spring. It will not be possible however to plan a long-term policy without knowing what kind of budget will be available to us, and we will continue to press UK Government for clarity on this as a matter of urgency
The position on advice will be one of the issues looked at when we are deciding the shape of the new policy.