Union in Holyrood Brexit call
NFU Scotland has written to Cabinet Secretary Derek Mackay setting out measures it wants to ensure a smooth transition and prosperous future outside the EU.
The letter comes as Mr Mackay prepares his budget statement to parliament. It follows constructive talks on Brexit readiness between NFUS president Andrew McCornick and Mr Mackay.
Mr McCornick said: “How the new Scottish agricultural policy is funded is as important as how the policies are implemented.
“The industry must work with the Scottish Government in making the case to the UK Treasury for the fairest possible settlement from any review or future decision on the allocation of intra-UK funding for agriculture.
“We have urged the Scottish Government to look favourably on the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme in light of its significance to a great number of agricultural businesses.”
He added: “We want to ensure the next generation of farmers are supported both by policy and the right financial tools.
“Following closure of the New Entrants’ Capital Grant Scheme, it is all the more important that the Scottish Government’s spending plans have measures that will inject confidence back into new agricultural businesses by recommitting funding to these schemes.
“And given our food and drink sector remains a success, we’d want funding reinvested into the Processing and Marketing Grants Cooperation Scheme.”