Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell last week met with Clydesdale farmers who were at Holyrood raising concerns about the delayed farm payments. The Scottish Government has been clear that the payments have not been getting made as quickly as they would like given new EU rules. Now the Scottish Government is paying £200 million of Scottish Government funds to support any farmer who is still awaiting a direct subsidy payment at the end of March.
Commenting Aileen said:
"The transition to the new CAP scheme has led to problems across the EU, with new EU rules stipulating that claims have to be fully processed before any payment is made. The Government has been keen to work with farmers, the NFU and commercial banks to see what additional support can be offered.
"Now that the Scottish Government has offered further cash support, that should provide farmers with an additional layer of certainty for the weeks ahead. I know my colleagues have been extremely frustrated by some of the conditions of the new system, however, we are now seeing the majority of claims have been paid. The Government are keen to stress that they are working to process all payments as quickly as possible.
"This support in Scotland contrasts with the recent announcement that the Tory farming minister in Westminster is in favour of leaving the EU altogether. That would only create additional uncertainty for our farmers and for our rural communities."