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Clock is ticking for farmers to get answers on CAP reforms

April 23, 2014 1:13 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today warned that the clock is tickingJim HumeJim Hume for SNP Ministers to give farmers the information they need on the future of Scottish agricultural payments ahead of a key EU deadline.

Speaking after the appearance of the Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP at the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs Committee, Mr Hume said the powers SNP Ministers have to create a Scottish Common Agricultural Policy come with real responsibilities.

During the meeting, the Secretary of State underlined the consequences of missing key deadlines and falling foul of EU rules, pointing to the substantial fines imposed on England following previous reforms.

Commenting, Jim Hume MSP said:

"UK Ministers helped ensure that Scottish Ministers have the power take the big decisions over how we support our agricultural sector. But power comes with responsibilities. Richard Lochhead needs to give our farmers the answers they need on the CAP to allow the industry to plan for the future.

"Scotland is now falling behind the rest of the UK on CAP implementation. The deadline for announcing details of the new Scottish payments system is fast approaching and the clock is ticking.

"If we miss the boat on EU deadlines this would cause fundamental problems for farmers who are already facing real uncertainty."