“Agricultural aberration” as thousands of farm payments still unmade


Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today branded the Scottish Government an “agricultural aberration” after it was revealed that weeks after the deadline for payments to be made, almost 1 in 5 farms in the Highlands had still not received all their EU farming payments. 

In response to a parliamentary question from Mr Rumbles, Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing revealed that 906 farms in the Highlands had still not received payments. Meanwhile Aberdeenshire had 194 farms with payments outstanding and the Northern Isles had over 100. 

Mr Rumbles said: 

“It will come as no surprise to anybody familiar with this shambles that weeks after the payment deadline hundreds of farmers are still out of pocket.

“Farmers across the Highlands & Islands and North East are fuming at the Scottish Government’s handling of these lifeline payments. It has been an agricultural aberration. 

“Going forward the Cabinet Secretary must produce detailed plans for farming communities to scrutinise which explain how catastrophes like this will be prevented from occurring again.” 

ENDS 

Notes to editors: 

Details of Mike Rumbles’ PQ to the Scottish Government are as follows: 

2 August 2017

Index Heading: Economy

Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government how many farm businesses in (a) Shetland, (b) Orkney, (c) the Highlands, (d) Aberdeenshire and (e) each parliamentary region are still waiting to receive 2016-17 CAP basic payments. 

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Fergus Ewing:

The number of farm businesses still waiting to receive 2016-2017 CAP basic payments are:

 

Highlands

Aberdeenshire

Shetland Islands

Orkney Islands

Total number of businesses to submit an application

5108

2090

 

873

682

Total number of businesses still to receive payment

906

194

82

27

Percentage outstanding

17.74

9.28

9.39

3.96

 


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