Supporting the rural economy

The Scottish Government | September 26, 2016

Urgent decisions must be made by the UK Government on a number of crucial food, farming and fisheries issues to protect rural communities, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said today. In a series of letters to DEFRA and the Treasury, Mr Ewing has called on the UK Government to provide immediate clarity and certainty on a number of key farming, food, forestry and fisheries issues that are directly impacting on the Scottish rural economy. These include; Confirmation that the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) in 2017 will continue as normal. Confirmation that applications under the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme, for which contracts usually start in January 2016, will be honoured in full by the Treasury, even if the contracts may not all have been issued and confirmed before the Autumn Statement. Clarity on when and how DEFRA intends to take forward the recommendations of the Red Meat Levy Forum. Clarity as to whether the Treasury has agreed to our call to extend its EU funding guarantee to cover the outstanding £360 million Pillar 2 and EMFF funding that is vital to the Rural Economy. Agree the UK level Fisheries concordat which governs the allocation of quota in key fish stocks.

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