No Answers from SNP Government to Drop in LFASS Payments

Scottish Conservative MSPs quizzed the SNP Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing during a Ministerial Statement in the Scottish Parliament earlier today.

The Cabinet Secretary used his third statement in as many weeks to announce another post-Brexit farming consultation, and to lay out some of the SNP Government’s plans for Scottish agriculture.

Fergus Ewing also alluded to the cap to LFASS payments mandated by the EU Commission, which will see LFASS payments set to 20% of current levels in 2020.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Donald Cameron MSP said:

“While we welcome the consultation announced by the SNP Government, who have finally come up with some kind of plan for future farming support, the speed of progress to this point has been glacial at best, and ignores the need to address the immediate concerns of farmers and crofters in Scotland’s more marginal areas.”

“The Scottish Conservatives will scrutinise the consultation document in detail, and we will continue to challenge the SNP Government to produce a tangible plan so that our farmers have some certainty over their future.”

Scottish Conservatives Farming Spokesman John Scott MSP added:

“When I asked Fergus Ewing how he intends to address the drop in LFASS payments from £65m to £13m in 2020, he had no answers.”

This support is vital to their continued existence, as food producers as well as being the day-to-day custodians of our environment and landscape.”

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