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Botched consultation has fuelled concerns

April 11, 2012 5:29 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting as the NFU Scotland meets with the Scottish government to discuss proposals that would ban the use of fertiliser on land with a slope of more than 12 degrees, Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSP"The Scottish Government has botched the handling of this consultation. Sneaking it out during one of the busiest seasons for farmers has simply fuelled the concern.

"The Minister has to come clean and spell out exactly who these changes will affect and where they will have the most impact.

"It is hard to believe that no Scottish farmers will be affected with the changes needed to come into line with these regulations.

"Has the Scottish government asked for derogation for Scotland until the impact of changes can be properly assessed? Sneaking out a consultation is one thing but trying to sneak one past Scottish farmers is quite another."