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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-02348: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support it plans to put in place to assist farmers from 2019 onwards.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 12 September 2018

Given the uncertainty caused by Brexit, the Scottish Governments’ short term priority is to provide farmers and crofters with as much certainty as possible. Our recently closed Stability and Simplicity Consultation set out options that aim to do that.

However, it is essential that devolved agriculture powers and lost EU funding are returned to Scotland so we can tailor future support to Scotland’s unique needs. This includes the outstanding £160m of CAP convergence monies that is owed to Scottish farmers.