North East MSP Mike Rumbles trashed todays statement on CAP payments from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity.
Mr Rumbles said: “The Cabinet Secretary claims that through his loan scheme he is injecting £300 million into Scotland’s rural economy. However this is complete nonsense as farmers should already be receiving full payment anyway if the new system was working properly. The statement today was a dreadful admission of the failure of the Scottish Government.
“His 80% loan plan will be offered to all applicants but this still means that the average farm business will be over £6000 out of pocket goodness knows how long.
“Farmers will be looking on in incredulity and disbelief as the Scottish Government continues to fail in their efforts to support them properly with no real end in sight to this shambles.”