Farm income in Scotland has fallen from £729 million in 2017 to £672 million in 2018, according to agricultural figures published by the Scottish Government today. Confirming draft figures published by the Office of National Statistics in January.
Commenting on the findings, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural economy spokesperson and North East MSP, Mike Rumbles said:
“Instead of supporting our agricultural industries, both the UK Government and the Scottish Government have had a hand in creating a hostile environment for farm businesses in Scotland.
“Bad weather and increasing overheads may be beyond the control of Ministers but three years of incompetent handling and delays to rural support payments by the Scottish Government and chaos in Westminster over Brexit has only made matters worse.
“Uncertainty about the future is stifling growth in our rural economy and harming rural communities. The SNP and Tories are completely distracted but these damaging figures need to be a wake-up call for Ministers about the serious issues facing our rural industries.”
Notes for editors:
- Find the Scottish Government figures here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/agriculture-facts-figures-2019/
- And the Office of National Statistics publication form January 2019: https://www.gov.scot/publications/total-income-farming-estimates-scotland-2016-18/pages/1/