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CAP must work for farmers

January 31, 2012 5:11 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland and Spokesperson for Rural Affairs, is encouraging the farming sector to respond to the Scottish Government's consultation on the European Commission's proposals for the future of CAP.

Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSPCommenting as the consultation was launched today, Mr Hume said:

"It's vital that every section of the Scottish farming sector engages with the Scottish Government on this issue.

"All alterations of CAP ultimately will result in re-distribution, so the EU must bear this in mind in their deliberations and ensure that there is a transition period to allow businesses time to change.

"As part of that, if we do not have an agreed CAP for the end of the current arrangement in 2014, then a bridging mechanism must be in place to ensure a smooth transition between any gap in funding.

"At the moment transition could potentially be used until 2019 - five years after proposed new CAP - but if the new CAP is late by a year or two, then enough flexibility should be installed so that the 2019 date is continued further into the future to allow five years of transition at least.

"CAP must work for Scottish farmers."