Scottish Liberal Democrat agriculture spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP today called for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs to come to Holyrood and make a statement as it emerged that hundreds of farmers have been hit by a new IT blunder.
The NFUS reported this afternoon that a computer error with the Scottish Government National Loan scheme means that hundreds of farmer and crofters now do not know how much money they will receive in November.
The loan scheme itself was only introduced due to repeated problems with a £178m IT system designed to deliver Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support.
Mr Rumbles said: “This morning Scottish Government officials told MSPs that farmers have nothing to worry about and IT problems with the new CAP system are being fixed. This afternoon we learn that the latest computer shambles has left hundreds of farmers in the dark over their 2016 loan. This loan scheme was only introduced because of ongoing IT problems. This is an utter farce.
“There cannot be a farmer or crofter in the country who still has confidence in the ability of the Scottish Government to manage their CAP payments effectively. It feels like this shambles will never end.
“The Cabinet Secretary needs to come to Parliament and explain what steps are being taken to ensure that farmers affected by this blunder will still get their loans on time.”