MSP Alasdair Allan has voiced concerns over the future of agriculture subsidies,
after UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove appeared to threaten future funding levels
in a speech earlier today.
The UK government intends to continue current levels of farm subsidies until 2022
but there is a question mark over what financial support system will be in place
after that date.
Alasdair Allan commented: “Agriculture subsidies help to support crofters across
the Western Isles, as well as boosting the local economies as a whole by helping
to create and sustain jobs here.
“Today’s remarks from Michael Gove that farmers and crofters will have to earn their
payments are an unambiguous threat to cut levels of support post-2022.
“With the Conservative party’s consistently dismissive attitude towards crofting
and farming in less favoured areas, there are real concerns over what a UK government
replacement for CAP would look like.
“All of this underlines the need for powers over agriculture, fisheries and the rural
economy to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament so that we can protect vital funding
to our rural communities.”