NFUS says farm­ers ‘in dark’ over Brexit

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

SCOT­TISH farm­ers and crofters who are still ‘in the dark’ about the UK’s post-Brexit agri­cul­tural pol­icy need to be heard in ne­go­ti­a­tions, as well as ‘con­tin­ued’ and ‘fair’ fund­ing for a ‘smooth tran­si­tion’, their union ar­gued at West­min­ster.

The day af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion was called, the NFU Scot­land pressed min­is­ters to recog­nise Scot­land’s ‘unique re­quire­ments’.

NFUS pres­i­dent An­drew McCor­nick said: ‘ We con­tinue to press the UK govern­ment on the im­por­tance of com­mit­ting to longer term fund­ing and its fair al­lo­ca­tion across the UK. That will be key to winning the con­fi­dence of Scot­tish farm­ers and crofters, and a clear in­di­ca­tion that their needs are be­ing heard in the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

‘We are look­ing to both West­min­ster and Holy­rood to re­store con­fi­dence and cer­tainty to all Scot­land’s farm­ers and crofters through agree­ing a nec­es­sary and mean­ing­ful tran­si­tion.

‘Any suc­ces­sor pol­icy should be funded on a UK-wide com­mon fi­nan­cial frame­work, but with pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery kept within the main­stay of the de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions.

‘It is con­cern­ing that, nearly one month in to the two-year Ar­ti­cle 50 process, Scot­tish farm­ers and crofters still re­main in the dark about how a fu­ture agri­cul­tural pol­icy will be both de­liv­ered and funded. What we need ur­gently is gen­uine dis­cus­sion on the pol­icy in­stru­ments and fund­ing mech­a­nisms that will lead to a well-funded, re­freshed agri­cul­tural pol­icy that de­liv­ers for all.’

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